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Black-headed Oriole

Black-headed Oriole
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Southern Africa II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-20 5:58
Viewed: 6108
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-headed oriole (Oriolus larvatus)

I took this picture in the town of Thabazimbi in the Limpopo province.

A bright yellow bird with a black head and reddish bill. Size 24-25cm - About the same size as a Laughing Dove.

A common species of woodland, forest, moister bushveld, riverine woodland and plantations of alien trees. It also enters gardens and parks.

This species is usually found singly or in pairs, and is generally more easily heard than seen. It often stays high up in the canopy of trees, but will descend to feed on fruit and nectar of flowering plants, particularly aloes. The face may become dusted with pollen, giving it the appearance of having an orange face.

It feeds on insects, fruit, pollen and nectar.

The call is a loud, clear whistled pooodleeoo. It also has a harsh, nasal skweeer note.

The Black-headed Oriole breeds mainly from October to November. The nest is suspended between branchlets in the outer branch of a tree, and is usually concealed in foliage. The nest is built from loosely knitted grass, bark and other plant material, sometimes attached with cobwebs.

SOURCE: Black-headed oriole

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Ciao Jan,
bellissima la foto di questo uccello!
Dettagli e colori stupendi, bravo!


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-08-20 6:07]

Hello Jan Hendrik.
A very nice, feathersharp, well colored picture. A like the POV very much and the DOF is great. Very well done and thanks.
Gr. Hans

Hi, Jan Hendrik.
Not any more on your wishlist - you did it. And nice one. Excellent composition and sharpness. Nice BG. Good work.

Excellent cpture.
DOF and focus are just perfect, and BG very beautiful.
The alert pose and the red eye, makes it!
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-08-20 6:26]

Really splendid - the pose, the colours, the focus on the bird and the pinkish colour of the contrasting background!
Thanks, Ulla

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-20 6:48]

Hi Jan -Hendrik,

I have seen this beautiful birds many times when I visited South Africa a couple of years ago.You managed to capture this bird very sharp and clear. Excellent colors and a fine pose on the branch. My compliments!


Hello Jan, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, very crisp, excllent work, TFS Kyle

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-20 8:19]

Hello Jan...

+ composition, framing, POV, DOF, sharpness, focus, notes.
= illumination

Greetings... Ricardo

Hello Jan,
Excellent in every way..Wish it was mine :)
Very well done!!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-20 9:19]

Hi Jan

A very beautiful capture!
Excellnet POV, very nice sharp details, splendid colors and light. I also like the blurry BG and the composition.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-08-20 13:02]

Hi Jan, nice shot, wonderful coloures and good POV.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-20 14:19]

Hi Jan

Superb shot, the deatil of the feathers is nice and sharp and the colours are perfect. the muted BG colours blend well with the flower, which makes the Bird stand out perfectly.

Regards Hilary :o)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-20 16:09]

Bonjour Jan!

Bravo tout est parfait.Fantastique prise et magnifique oiseau.


Fantastic capture Jan,
The details are nice and clear. Sharpness is perfect.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and good notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-21 3:02]

Wow, Jan Hendrik.
What a gorgeous bird.
The yellow and black plumage is really quite dashing, and that red eye just add even more pizzazz. : )
Excellent focus and exposure and DOF. The pose is wonderful.
TFS. : )


Very good Lighting. The composition, POV, OOF BG, DOF and sharpness are all great and show a lot of detail on the subject. TFS,

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-11-24 15:22]

Hi Jan,
Excellent Oriole portrait with excellent pov,dof,colors,focus,sharpness,framing,note and blurred bg.Well Done.TFS
Have a Great Weekend,

Salut Jan
Une belle prise. Comme à l'habitude, netteté et exposition sont au rendez-vous. Le fond sombre mais pas totalement foncé est idéal comme arrière-plan.IL est remarquable cet oiseau que je vois pour la première fois.

Belle performance,merci de nous la partager...JP

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-26 2:52]

Hello Jan,
Magnificent capture.I liked POV,eye contact,vivid colors,simple BG and composition a lot.Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-12-26 3:22]

Hello Jan,
I wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year ! Thanks for this lovely shot with sun inside for us in our cold days ;-)
Bonne Année, Christian

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-26 3:50]

Hello Jan, that´s a very nice capture. Excellent colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. Very well done.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-26 5:33]

Hello Jan Henrik.

This is a very good photo; well composed, excellent colors and very sharp details. Exposure is spot on. There's some noise in the bg, but I bet that's due to jpeg compression. It's a great shot! I wish you a very fine and healthy 2007!


Well taken, nice exposure control in the yellows, good detail too, nice work!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-12-27 3:15]

AWESOME SHOT!!love the colours,unusual pose..TFS!!!!

Hi Jan Hendrik,
Certainly missed this one as it is a wonderful image with excellent composition, a beautiful exotic bird and a great sharpness in combination with the blurred background.
Great work!!

Hi Jan Hendrik,
A very nice colored picture.
Very well done.

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