Photographing birds is not like photographing people. Orchard orioles also get along with other bird species, and are so laid back they’ll nest in close proximity to species like robins, kingbirds, and other orioles. Juvenile males are also a greenish-yellow, but show a black throat. There are probably a few exceptions but Orchard Orioles can be found in Pennsylvania from about mid-May to mid-July. Orchard OrioleMale bringing food to feed female. One of the most brilliantly colored songbirds in the east, flaming orange and black, sharing the heraldic colors of the coat of arms of 17th-century Lord Baltimore. ( Log Out /  Once perched, he tucked himself within the branches, looked around and called anxiously for the adults. Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, MO. Although I didn't see any fighting, many females wanted the same meal. The giveaway is the black throat. I hope you found this interesting. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Photographing birds takes time, serious study, planning, preparation and organization. After doing this several times, he would take a break. Your comment will be visible to everyone. Orchard OrioleMale. They also help pollinate some species of tropical plants while on their wintering grounds. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Widespread east of the Great Plains, Baltimore Orioles are often very common in open woods and groves in summer. Juvenile Audubon's Oriole, June 12, 06, note graduated rectrices (tail feathers). Last Spring, one of my birding friends told me that he had heard the Orchard Oriole’s song near an old apple orchard in a corner of the Allegan Forest. Being non-aggressive, the more aggressive birds usually don’t mind them, while also protecting the area from brood parasites like the brown-headed cowbird. To read more about the difference between spot focus and spot metering, visit this. by Shoe (Northern Virginia) like a juvenile Baltimore oriole with orange beak . This was likely the first ever documented juvenile (=breeding) on the Edwards Plateau (in hill country). In all kinds of weather, we keep going back, changing our locations, positions and angles, camera settings, lighting, and photography equipment. Good Bird Photography is more challenging simply because you have less control over your subjects. Orchard Oriole: Female and juvenile Hooded Orioles are larger, have longer tails, longer, more down-curved bills, and grayer backs.. However, they don't have the same migration timeframe as you would think, they migrate north late in the spring and head southward early, with some returning to their wintering grounds as early as mid-July. Instead, the male has a deep, chestnut colored underside. When you first engage spot focus, the “spot” is located. They are in my region of Pennsylvania for such a short period of time so they went unnoticed to me. Most advanced cameras have a four-way selector dial (in the back of the camera) with which to move the spot autofocus point exactly where you want it. Here are a few photos of similar looking OROR: here , here , and here . Private comments are not allowed by the photographer. Birder, Photographer, Naturalist, Artist One male and three females waiting on another insect, Public comment Orchard orioles, like other oriole species, eat nectar from flowers and will visit oriole feeders. When the females saw the trophy in his mouth, they competed for his attention with song and wing flittering. The birds in many of the following images have purplish-red marks on their beaks due to photographing them while they were feeding on berries and insects. The adult female and juvenile female Orchard Oriole look alike so I'll just refer to them as females in this post. Finally, this juvenile Orchard Oriole made an appearance, flying back and forth, low and wobbly between a couple of evergreens. Once perched, he tucked himself within the branches, looked around and called anxiously for the adults. Bird lovers and photographers are generally patient, quiet and tenacious people. The photographer allowed comments from registered users only, Leave your comment below and click the Add Comment button. They may not have began migration but I haven't seen them since I saw a few females on July 17th. Competition among the females was tough. They are bold and gregarious, especially near a feeder filled with grape jelly. They spend more time in their wintering grounds than a lot of other migrants. I’ve been looking for an Orchard Oriole to photograph for over 2 years. And then we sit and wait (and hope) for the birds to come. Once the sun begins to fall below the horizon, it seems to get dark pretty quickly. Some orioles may return to their wintering grounds as early as mid-July. The photo to the right isn't the desired outcome of fill-flash but I'm using it here to illustrate the conception of this photo blog. Your comment will be visible to the photographer only. ( Log Out /  I’ve since seen a number of them and this past spring was able to get some good pics of an adult in a crabapple tree. When there is lots of foreground and/or background clutter, similar to the evergreen branches in the photo above, the telephoto lens will search forwards and back, trying to lock focus. It is a late spring migrant, but it heads back southward quickly. The best part about spot focusing is the ability to continually move that focus point around in the frame. I knew it was an oriole, but I had forgotten that orchards were so yellow when young. Unpredictable Pennsylvania Sparrows: Henslow's and Clay-colored. The Orchard Oriole is smaller and doesn't have the bright orange color of the only other oriole found in Pennsylvania, the Baltimore Oriole. An immature Audubon's Oriole in December, so first winter. The female, on the other hand, has yellow to olive colors with grayish wings. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Orchard orioles, like other oriole species, eat nectar from flowers and will visit oriole feeders. I found the females flying from tree to tree and chirping along the way as if to announce where they are. 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Its species name, spurious, means "illegitimate" in Latin, probably because of its resemblance to the Northern oriole in early descriptions. This group of Orchard Orioles have already left the area where I watched them over the course of two weeks. Positioning this focus point does take time, so spot focus works best when the subject is not on the move. I've never photographed Orchard Orioles so I spent about six hours during the next couple weeks, photographing and learning about them. Generally photographing people doesn't require you to sit around for hours with your thumb hovering over your shutter remote. The orchard oriole is the smallest of the North American orioles (which incidentally aren’t related to the orioles of Eurasia.) To read more about the difference between spot focus and spot metering, visit this post. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. The first one I saw was a juvenile male taking a bath in the waterfall area that fills the Pool in Central Park. The Baltimore oriole, common all over the East in the warmer months, is the most famous member of the clan, but you can see seven additional species across North America. Hopefully, together we will encourage and motivate nature lovers everywhere to get outdoors with their cameras and take photographs that they can be proud of, and have fun doing it. View all posts by Tony G, bird, birding, blackbird, nature, oriole, songbird. ... and I don't believe it is an orchard oriole. The male Orchard Oriole searched for insects. email address visible to photographer only. Continue adding photos to the current set.