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Hooded Oriole, (I think)

 
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May 09, 2014 00:21 |  #1

I saw one last year for a split second and missed it. This time I got about 4 seconds...

This is from Southern California, so I don't see these too often here. Some birders kept telling me that it must be a Western Tanager that I was spotting when I described it. Anyway the evening sun really made it colorful this evening. No saturation applied! Just some cropping and sharpening a bit. Hope to get it in a better pose next time.

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May 09, 2014 08:43 |  #2

I can't help with the ID, but he sure is pretty! Well done. Oh and good job getting the proof!


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May 09, 2014 09:08 |  #3

Thanks Sandy, wish I could have gotten a side shot for better ID. This bird doesn't seem to sit still very long, so I figured I better just get a shot off before it disappears again.


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May 09, 2014 10:10 |  #4

Definitely not a Western Tanager. Beautiful shot.


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May 09, 2014 10:14 |  #5

Well that is one gorgeous bird and you did a fantastic job of capturing him! Well done.


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May 09, 2014 12:12 |  #6

2n10 wrote in post #16892639 (external link)
Definitely not a Western Tanager. Beautiful shot.

Thats what I kept thinking, maybe I didn't describe it very well. Thank you!

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Well that is one gorgeous bird and you did a fantastic job of capturing him! Well done.

Thank you, I got lucky. Hopefully next time I can get a little better pose.


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May 09, 2014 14:38 |  #7

That is a gorgeous bird, whatever it is... Great job capturing him..


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May 09, 2014 14:54 |  #8

looks like the Hooded Oriole pictured in my Crossley Guide. Looks like a hint of a white covert wing bar in the first shot. Congrats!


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May 09, 2014 15:15 |  #9

CMOats wrote in post #16893268 (external link)
That is a gorgeous bird, whatever it is... Great job capturing him..

Thanks, Huntington Beach (CA) is really only known mostly for shore birds. So this was kind of a cool find for me.

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looks like the Hooded Oriole pictured in my Crossley Guide. Looks like a hint of a white covert wing bar in the first shot. Congrats!

Thanks for the help with the ID. I will try again this weekend and see if I can get another shot at it!


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May 09, 2014 15:32 |  #10

Yes, 100% a Hooded Oriole.


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May 09, 2014 17:11 |  #11

Beauties, regardless.


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May 09, 2014 20:15 as a reply to  @ Crimzon's post |  #12

Certainly not an expert on western birds, but you sure got some sweet captures of a very pretty bird.
OK, I cheated and looked in my field guide and what in the world a Hooded Oriole is doing in an eastern field guide I'll never know :) , but that's certainly what it looks like to me. Congrats!


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May 09, 2014 23:03 |  #13

lhoy wrote in post #16893397 (external link)
Yes, 100% a Hooded Oriole.

Crimzon wrote in post #16893642 (external link)
Beauties, regardless.

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Certainly not an expert on western birds, but you sure got some sweet captures of a very pretty bird.
OK, I cheated and looked in my field guide and what in the world a Hooded Oriole is doing in an eastern field guide I'll never know :) , but that's certainly what it looks like to me. Congrats!

Thanks for help and confirmation everyone. Also appreciate the kind comments and have learned a lot from everyone here on this forum. The amount of talent here is truely humbling.


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May 10, 2014 10:37 |  #14

Lovely capture Rob, very striking bird.


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May 10, 2014 12:00 |  #15

Thank you Lester!

I am kind of transitioning from sports into bird photography for a little over a year now. I think I got a new addiction... :) I really love the "hunt" of it. Hiking and finding these critters is really a lot of fun and challenge.


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