Baltimore Oriole

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Anyway you look at it, the Baltimore Oriole is a beautiful bird. (please see more text and second photo below)

I had the great fortune to see several orioles up close and personal on our back deck feeder several springs ago. At first, there was not even an orange placed out for the orioles. They just kept on showing up and eating from the hummingbird feeder.

According to allaboutbirds.org “The rich, whistling song of the Baltimore Oriole, echoing from treetops near homes and parks, is a sweet herald of spring in eastern North America. Look way up to find these singers: the male’s brilliant orange plumage blazes from high branches like a torch. Nearby, you might spot the female weaving her remarkable hanging nest from slender fibers. Fond of fruit and nectar as well as insects, Baltimore Orioles are easily lured to backyard feeders.”

Want to read some of my tips on how to photograph birds? Please check out my post titled backyard-birding-photography-made simple

The porch on which this feeder was hung is near the tree line making it a perfect place to see the bird. The Oriole would perch for what seemed like long periods of time making it relatively easy to get these shots. The bird was a little timid so I set up a camera with a remote on the porch and activated the shutter from inside our living room. When using remotes for photographing birds I use a longer lens but try to maintain a deep depth of field so I can keep my subject in focus.

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      • Thank you so much – am learning photography one click at a time. So, sometimes my pics turn out to be nowhere as nice as I thought they would be and at other times, they are much better than expected. I guess that is what makes the medium so much fun.

        An extra thanks for stopping by my blog often – really, really appreciate your support.

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        • That is the best way to learn. I learned pretty much everything I know about photography by doing. I have taken a few classes here and there, but mostly learn from trial and error and getting a lot of great feedback from other photographers. I try not to get too far into the technical side, I feel that can be encumbering to my creativity.

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