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#1 Art

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 10:40 AM

I had a thrilling morning today!  I set up a perch with a Tangerine on it because I saw a Baltimore Oriole fly by the other day.

 

I love Baltimore Orioles!!! They are Gorgeous! 

 

The only other time I have seen these, are in a park, but too far away for a good pic, and in Point Pelee (my first time!) and again, too far away.

 

I love their orange color.

 

So, I have them coming in the yard now!  OH HAPPY DAY.... WINNING! :lol:

 

Enjoy!  Made my day.

 

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:41 AM

My bad baseball jokes aside, this is a really nice shot, Art.  The colours are vivid.  I'm impressed with your camera.  :)


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 01:46 PM

Cool.


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 06:23 PM

Great shot Art. BOs are elusive. I have seen many in flight but hardly ever see them perch.


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 09:14 PM

Nice Art well done!!!

 

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 09:30 PM

My bad baseball jokes aside, this is a really nice shot, Art.  The colours are vivid.  I'm impressed with your camera.  :)

Thanks, Mark.

 

This is right out of the camera.  Cropped and sharpened from RAW.  That is it.

 

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 09:31 PM

Thank you , Peter and Jim!


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 09:32 PM

Great shot Art. BOs are elusive. I have seen many in flight but hardly ever see them perch.

Peter,

 

They certainly are!  I almost never see them.  Slice up some Orange and see how often they come!  Until they notice you, then they are gone.  Skittish bird, but what a thrill to photograph.  My wife even loves them, she has never seen them before.

 

The Orange is stunning.  Well worth some patience.  I will post a pick of my setup.  Nothing fancy, shot from my back deck!


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 09:37 PM

This is my simple setup.

I dont always use a reflector... pulling out all the stops for this treat!

You just need a stick, and a slice of Orange. Half an Orange works best, do not peel it back. They like raisins as well, will get those another time!

Happy to answer questions....

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 09:43 PM

Why the reflector?

 

This is around dinner time.  The sun has moved to the right of me, and is behind the bird.  Makes for a really lousy image.  So, I use the gold side of the reflector for some nice warm light, shine it on the feeder!

 

Works like a charm.  A flash would work too, but every time you trigger the flash, the bird flies away.  The reflector is constant.  Count on about 5-10 images and then it notices you and flees!

 

I was too lazy to set up a blind, too hot today.


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 10:33 PM

Super shot Art. I don’t think we have those here in Washington. I’ve never seen one anyway. Jeff
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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:05 PM

Super shot Art. I don’t think we have those here in Washington. I’ve never seen one anyway. Jeff

 

Thanks, Jeff.

 

I think these are primarily East Coast birds.  They winter in Florida and migrate all the way up to Canada in the summer months.  I don't think they travel much past mid continent.


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:52 AM

Well done Art. Your efforts were rewarded, a beautiful bird.


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 07:40 AM

Art, Great shot.  I think I have at least two nests on my property.  I get the birds to come out into the open.  They seem to be very curious about what other birds are doing.  I actually had a male at my front door this morning.  We put out our Hummer feeder and they have checked it out, but haven't tried to feed at it.  I will be putting out an Orange in a tree I think they are nesting in.  Have never seen so many as this year.  Actually had a dispute between two males over a young lady.


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Posted 25 May 2018 - 08:46 AM

Very nice Art. We are still working on the backyard, its a mess right now. But we go a pagoda up early spring and Cindy is flowering it up. Plans for attracting hummers and anything else in the works. Might not be ready for this season.

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 06:43 PM

Well done Art. Your efforts were rewarded, a beautiful bird.


Thanks, Ron.

Very rewarding. Both male and female are now regular visitors!

Stocking up on oranges and raisins!

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 06:47 PM

Art, Great shot.  I think I have at least two nests on my property.  I get the birds to come out into the open.  They seem to be very curious about what other birds are doing.  I actually had a male at my front door this morning.  We put out our Hummer feeder and they have checked it out, but haven't tried to feed at it.  I will be putting out an Orange in a tree I think they are nesting in.  Have never seen so many as this year.  Actually had a dispute between two males over a young lady.


Thanks, Cliff,

Lucky you! I make all these make-shift perches that are close enough to get these amazing full frame images. I am sure you can do wonders on your property. Good luck with the hummingbirds, so far, I have only seen one!
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Posted 25 May 2018 - 06:50 PM

Very nice Art. We are still working on the backyard, its a mess right now. But we go a pagoda up early spring and Cindy is flowering it up. Plans for attracting hummers and anything else in the works. Might not be ready for this season.

Thanks, Dennis.

If you miss the summer, dont worry, plenty of birds around in the winter as well. Good luck as wel on the hummers!

I am really looking forward to my first good capture of them!
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