Orchard Oriole (male)
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|i found this bird in the mountains near to our hotel, at Chattanooga... we went there on a weekend trip, recently.|
it was my first morning over there. after a long and continuous drive for around 350 miles, that night was very tiresome... people in my group were sleeping like anything when i left the hotel early in the morning... i was happy and relieved at the same time to walk through the jungles, otherwise people, here, hardly come out of their cars and think of going somewhere by walking! strange!
this bird, which seemed to be a kind of Sunbird... no idea... had given me very little time to take shots... wanted to visit the area on the next day morning too, but had to follow the plans as per schedule :(
okay, some other day.
31/ 05/ 2012
thank you Ron, for the ID. knowing some new birds in your country, see! yes the bird was singing then. one more was there with him..
thanks Peter, for your confirmation and suggestions. i'll surely think of that :)
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- [2012-05-30 19:22]
I see you are getting aquainted with the many species of birds in Tenn. This looks to me like an (adult male) Orchard Oriole. We rarely have them up this far north where I live, but you guys have them down south. Looks like this particular fellow was singing just as you snapped his picture.
Great shot showing his beautiful plumage and fine features. I like the way you captured him high in the trees where he likes to sing and show off to the females. Well done!!
- [2012-05-31 11:20]
About the ID, I agree with Ron. This is an adult male Orchard Oriole, icterus spurius. Nice photo in beautiful colours and good sharpness. Maybe a bit too much centred in the composition. You can cut a piece of the left side of the photo, in my opinion.
It's nice to see an Oriole bird with it's orange feathers. I took pictures of a Baltimore Oriole once and it wouldn't stay in one spot for me. It moves a lot especially when it's feeding it's young in the nest. It likes to keep good tree cover as well. You were fortunate to look around at Chattanooga. A nice rarer bird to get a picture of. TFS Trevor