|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|While taking my son and dogs to the local dog park today, I spotted an orange bird out of the corner of my eye. I had heard these Orioles hung out near this park, which is a kind of sanctuary, but I'd never seen one before. My camera was set to Auto, since lately I have been taking candid shots of my son, so although this is not a perfect shot, I was excited to see I'd captured him flying off. He was beautiful. I also took many pictures of a Great Horned Owl in the park, which I'll try to post tomorrow. Enjoy!!|
Hooded Oriole: Medium oriole with bright orange -yellow head and nape, and black back, face, throat, and upper breast. Bill is slightly decurved. Black wings have two white bars. Tail is black. Forages in trees and bushes. Eats insects, caterpillars, and nectar. Strong direct flight.
Range and Habitat:
Hooded Oriole: Breeds from central California, Nevada, central Arizona, southern New Mexico, and southern Texas southward. A few spend winters in southern California and southern Texas. Found in deciduous and riparian woodlands and human habitations, often near ranches or towns.
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It's difficult to have the catchlight for the hood. But nice frozen action shot. A bit shallower depth would have been nice.
I really don't understand why this great in flight shot has just one comment.
This really is superb work capturing a bird in flight so perfect.
Love the way the bird is naturally framed by the surrounding twigs and only small nitpick I can think of is the fact that I would like to have seen the twig on the right hand side in soft focus also instead of in sharp focus like it is now.
On the other hand this is'nt a real distraction and does'nt effect the beauty of the image.
Very good sharpness and exposure.
The composition is excellent.
Last but not least the feather details, colors of the bird and contrast are most wonderful.
A real joy to look at. Outstanding work. TFS!!!
Kindest regards, Harry
- [2008-04-24 11:44]
Nice catch! I love how clear you were able to get the wings in flight. Great job!
Beautiful capture of this rare bird with excellent backlight display over the wings & dull background where it standsout so well. TFS.