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If I’m lucky I get to see and photograph a Hooded Oriole once during Spring. This year I was lucky! Isn’t he beautiful?

I was photographing the Bald Eagle when it left it’s perch and flew away. After watching it soar higher and higher into the thermal stream I turned around to head to the car for the next birding location and, there this Hooded Oriole was! It must have been watching and waiting for the Eagle to leave so it could claim the perch for a little while.

Hooded Oriole-Male

Have a great and cheery week-end everyone!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Digital Film| PS CC 2017

More to come…




  1. Oh how lovely! Yesterday I was out with Pete the Puppy and noticed a bird singing in the neighbor’s dead ash. It was an oriole!

  2. Marvelously captured!
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  3. This really is a rare sight “for sore eyes!” My grandfather used to hold me up to look inside nests. When birds would sing, he would whistle back. I think your “luck” may actually be the fact you are a bird “magician!” 🙂

    • 🙂 Thank you Robin! I try to whistle back, but can only do a House Finch sort of.
      I can’t really whistle at all. I never figured out how to do it.

  4. YES … he is beautiful and so is your capture!!! I think I saw one of these the other day but thought it was a meadowlark. I’ll have to get the book out and compare.

  5. He is a beauty, Deborah! 🙂

  6. It seems that both of your patience paid off 🙂

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    • Posted April 1, 2017 at 10:58 am
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    Beautiful! Totally jealous, Deborah!

  7. Handsome, and the way you framed the shot with the branches is A+. 🙂

  8. Gorgeous. I’ve never seen one!

    • Thank you so much Katie! We don’t seem to have very many birds of vibrant colors here on the West coast do we?

      I get really excited to go looking for this one because he’s so beautiful, and one of a few really colorful birds we get here in NOR CAL.

  9. Very nice!!

  10. Haha! Sensible fellow 🙂

  11. Oh, he is beautiful. That’s such a cool photo of him on that bare branch.Good job!

  12. What a beautiful bird! Love his colourful plumage in contrast to the blue skies! Have a great weekend, Deborah! 🙂

  13. Beautiful.

  14. Wow gorgeous color!

  15. gorgeous; love the contrast of the blue and yellow orange, it is so striking! cheers, Debi

  16. Oh what a beauty! Nicely done!

  17. Lucky you! 👏🏻💕

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