Thursday, May 7, 2009

Orchard Oriole

Chalk up another first, as this Orchard Oriole is the first male I have ever photographed. Last year, I shot a pair of females, which was really exciting, but the beauty of this male outshines all!



The smallest North American oriole, the Orchard Oriole is found nesting in shade trees along streams, rivers and lakes, and on farms and parklands. The rich chestnut color of the adult male can be so dark that he may appear all black before you get your binoculars on him. Source: All About Birds

7 comments:

Chris said...

Hi hannibal,
What a beautiful shot, the full size picture is awesome. Lost my word and my though in it. This is a very nice bird, that I did not know. He is very colorful. Is he from the same family as the European Oriole which is completely yellow. I guess yes.

Eve said...

I was lucky enough to get to see one of these up north Hannibal.Wow great shots and of the herons too. The Bittern is fantastic. I had one kerplucking at my old house up north one year...it was a stange thing to hear. But fun!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A beautiful bird and another great picture.
Blessings,Ruth

Shellmo said...

Gorgeous shot of him in those trees!!

Bird Girl said...

Hannibal - I can honestly say that this is the nicest shot of the Orchard Oriole I have ever seen - all puffy and detailed - awesome capture!

Marsha said...

Aren't these guys handsome? You captured him perfectly in the trees and he looks all puffed up.

I have several each year but none of the orioles have arrived yet this spring. I've been watching and waiting too I might add :-)

Tina said...

What a wonderful shot..all puffed up and standing on one leg!! Look at that eye he is giving you!! lol..What a pose..another fantastic shot! A beautiful bird!!