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Baltimore Oriole (Male)

Baltimore Oriole (Male)
Photo Information
Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-16
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-17 11:20
Viewed: 3235
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rosie and I went up to Magee Marsh yesterday to try and get some bird shots. This is one of the many beautiful birds we had the privilege to see.

Magee Marsh is one of the top birding areas in the US. The birds come through in waves depending on the weather. Yesterday the weather was windy and rainy, which according to some of the old timers I talked to, means a good day for large sightings.

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
Historically a bird of woodland edge and open riparian woods, the Baltimore Oriole has adapted well to urban parks and suburban landscapes. This adaptability, as well as the bright orange and black coloration of the adult male, the clear, melodious song, and the characteristic, carefully woven pendent nest, make this oriole one of our most familiar songbirds. Males do not develop their bright coloration until their second Prebasic molt, in the fall of their second calendar year. Although yearling males (those in their first potential breeding season) resemble adult females, some successfully attract mates and raise young. The species is usually socially monogamous.
Although a few Baltimore Orioles winter in the southern states, most migrate to the Neotropics. They start to leave their wintering grounds in February or March, and begin to arrive along the Gulf Coast in early April. Most individuals depart for their wintering grounds by mid-September. In winter and during migration, Baltimore Orioles are often seen in small groups composed of mixed ages and sexes.

Info from: The North American Birds (Online)

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Hi Ron,
another amazing capture
nice bright colors
mixed with dull colors
lovely photo


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-17 11:44]

Hi Ron. This is a very colourful bird. One i have not yet seen so thanks for posting. You have captured it with fine detail and bright colours. I like the POV/DOF. well done TFS. Interesting notes too.

Hello Ron,

You must have been very pleased to see this beauty! You have captured its exceptionally bright plummage with fine textural details.
I like how you have composed the shot with the perch on a diagonal across the frame.
The dof creates a good oof b/g whilst keeping the bird pin sharp.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-17 12:50]

Hello Ron,
Excellent photo of this oriole. Great sharpness and details and clear contrasting colours. Good POV, composition and DOF.

Hello Ron,

Excellent capture.
Beautiful colours with great definition.
Lighting and composition are splendid.
Good notes.

Ciao Ron, great of fantastic bird, splendid diagonal composition, great colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-17 13:57]

Hi Ron,
Amazing capture with very beautiful bird.Good sharp and nice colors.

Hello Ron,
Wonderful capture of this beautiful Oriole, lovely colors and
contrast, superb sharpness and good clarity.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-17 16:24]

Hi Ron,

The Baltimore Oriole is high on my list of birds I would love to see. A marvelous shot of this one in a wonderful pose on the tree. The colors are striking and yet very natural. Fantastic details of the face, wings and plumage. The black eye shines through and the silvery beak is magnificent. Lovely setting and composition.


Good detail and color, well executed. I hear you can get them to come out of the trees by putting out slices of orange. You might want to find an old stump, lay out some fruit, then get a close up.


hello Ron

excellent photo of this beautiful bird, i will say not easy
to shoot them in photo because here at the nature park
where i see them they always jump from one branch
to an other, and they are most of the time high in the trees

fine POV and framing, beautiful warm luminosity
of the image and colour tones of the bird,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Brilliantly beautiful Ron. Gorgeous colors, well composed, with superb details. TFS.


Hi Ron,

A very attractive image, the bird's bright colors really pop out against the green background, nice job!


Thank you for kindly remembering the Ron. As a child this was one of my favorite birds and I can remember seeing it lying in the grass in my cottage and actually the dress was outside the college and make a cottage and stopper the ends. My college and was right on the edge of the woods. Of course I did not go there because I've lived in my cottage. One of the state is my computer will understand my speech. My carpal tunnel syndrome is getting more worse. So I haven't reflected upon a microphone. Sometimes it does make a disservice and sometimes just the opposite.

This Baltimore oriole however is a line bird and I do remember it well. I have fond memories of. The bird.

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  • zobo (44)
  • [2009-06-13 10:06]
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such bright colors! I love it.

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