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Golden oriole

Golden oriole
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7100, Nikon 300mm VR 2.8 D + TC 2X
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-21 1:25
Viewed: 3335
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo really makes me happy. For years I'm trying to 'catch'this bird but all fforts failed. This bird is so shy! It lives high up in the canopee and to spot this bird is a difficult task.
On the 5th of may 2011 I finally had my moment of great luck. My girlfriend was driving the car and I was sitting in the back with my camera. Along the road between Skoutaros and Filia I suddenly saw a bright yellow spot. I can remember that I shouted 'stop', 'go back, I saw an oriole.' Although I had never seen an oriole before sitting in a tree, I was quite sure it was my yellow dream. I opened the window and took a couple of shots. My moment of luck lasted only 5 seconds then he was gone. For the first time in my life I had seen a real golden oriole. And it was a beautiful male. I hope you like my yellow dreambird.

The Golden Oriole or European (or Eurasian) Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) is the only member of the oriole family of passerine birds breeding in northern hemisphere temperate regions. It is a summer migrant in Europe and western Asia and spends the winter season in the tropics.Golden orioles have an extremely large range with large populations that are apparently stable. The male is striking in the typical oriole black and yellow plumage, but the female is a drabber green bird. Orioles are shy, and even the male is remarkably difficult to see in the dappled yellow and green leaves of the canopy.
In flight they look somewhat like a thrush, strong and direct with some shallow dips over longer distances.The New World orioles are similar in appearance to the Oriolidae, but are icterids unrelated to the Old World birds.Golden orioles are native to Europe, Asia and Africa. Their range spans from Portugal, Spain and France across the United Kingdom and Scandinavia to Poland, Russia, the Balkans, Turkey and West Asia to the Caucasus up to Mongolia and China, as well as Pakistan, Himalayan range states,Western ghats of South India and Sri Lanka. They are vagrant in Sao Tomé and Principe, Congo, Gabon, Niger, Lesotho, Mali, Madagascar, Seychelles, Faroe Islands, Iceland and in Ireland.
They inhabit tall deciduous trees in woodland, orchards or parks and spend much of their time in tree canopies.

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Hello Zeno,
Nice capture of such a beautiful bird in lovely pose, the colors of the bird are so bright and vivid, great sharpness and natural setting,
Thanks for sharing and a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-21 2:56]

Hallo Zeno,
Die heb ik ook gespot, maar van een veel grotere afstand. Te ver om er een foto van te maken. Gelukkig had ik hem op Samos al een keer dichterbij. Het blijven juweeltjes.
Erg mooie foto waarbij het geel prachtig afsteekt tegen de groene achtergrond.
Goed weekend,

Ciao Deno, great capture of beautiful bird, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful bright colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Zeno,
Congratulations on your Golden Oriole capture. I can see why you would be chasing this bird for years. Incrdbile yellow color on this bird. My girlfriend won't let me drive in the mountains any more. I tend to slam on the brakes and get out with the camera in my hand and the car still moving to get wildlife shots. Now I yell Stop! Well done and have a nice weekend.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-21 7:17]

Gello Zeno,
very lovely yellow seen in a good contrast background. You have composed it so lively to allow its space for freedom and dark curving branches to add graphical effect to your composition.
Well thought composition.


Hello Zeno,
you have captured a beautiful yellow bird in a nice pose but maybe the composition is a bit central, I prefer more space in-front and less behind the bird.
The colours are really fine and the picture is pretty sharp.
Well done.

Hello Zeno
Beautiful photo with good composition and good sharpness. The colours and the lighting are fantastic

ah deze wil ik ook nog steeds een maken
erg mooi, gefeliciteerd


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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-21 18:33]

Hi Zeno
You can be proud of this shot. A very neat image of this Oriolus oriolus that sgtands out perfectly against the blurry background. deep rich colors and good eye contact.

Fantastic photo.Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
well done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-22 7:24]

Hello Zeno,
Another great result of your 300mm +x2 converter.
Golden Orioles are difficult to shoot, but you got this male nicely from a lateral POV with fine clarity and colours against the oak tree BG.
Nice to view!
Thanks and kind regards,

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