Maybe if you don’t just skip over this you will find something unexpected. At first glance it seems chaotic and unbalanced, but the more you examine it, the more there is to see. It has internal consistency: each element in relation to its neighbors has dynamic visual interaction. Once you start looking there are numerous patterns and leading lines that your eye follows. While it doesn’t read as a neat composition, it is indeed composed. The obvious “subject: - the feathers - are all to one side and initially compel your attention; they have much visual weight. But the point of highest contrast in the photo is the black and white tip of the main feather right at the center of the image. The diagonal edge of the leaf that takes you to the left points you to an oddly messy stringy thing that echoes the overall chaotic quality of the scene . . .Does your eye then trace the delicate line of the pine needle, which points upward to more stringiness, maybe just now resolving as chewed up feathers? . . . the other pine needle takes us across to the other feather, which has a black and white section near the quill (or calamus), which overlaps another quill that could be followed right through the leaf to another pine needle.
The way I see it, this whole photograph swirls in its stillness. If you glanced at this scene as you walked through the woods, the whole situation is clear - the death of a blue jay. But the way the other organic elements have entwined with the remains speaks of the cycles of nature: the leaves and needles fall, a bird dies. They will all decay and provide energy for the next generation.
Or is this just bullshit?!?! Good picture or not, I find something engaging here. I could live with it on my wall and appreciate various details each time I encounter it.