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Female Hooded Oriole After Nectar
Jun 9, 2021 04:06:39   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
When I filled the hummingbird feeders last Friday the 4th I had a couple of ounces left in the container. So I just poured it in the ant traps on the hangers and some slopped down and filled a depression in the top of this feeder. Then I went in and closed the sliding door and sat down at my computer to do e-mail etc. and read while glancing out the door to see if any customers showed up.
Some did: A couple of female Hooded Orioles came by and fussed over the nectar filled ant trap (notice ants had gotten past it before I filled it with nectar) then one had her fill and left while the other got the nectar on the cap and drops off the outside of the feeder. I had been charging and changing batteries the day before so I carefully shifted the tripod and camera back in front of the sliding door, slowly slid it open without scaring them off and managed to get several frames of the one cleaning up the nectar on the top and drops running down the sides.

Canon 80D, Tamron 150-600 G2 @ 600, 1/1000 @ f/6.3, ISO-1600
Off a tripod at about 50' in cloudy bright light


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Jun 9, 2021 07:05:17   #
Louis in QC Loc: Gatineau QC Canada
 
Nice catch and interesting... I had pretty well the same surprise further up North here in Quebec Canada a few weeks back. While kayaking along a stream, a residence had a similar feeder and an interested male Oriole. I can add the picture if you are interested? Shot handheld from the kayak with the very handy a6000 and 70-350 lens.

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Jun 9, 2021 07:10:49   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Nice one

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Jun 9, 2021 16:33:46   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
Louis in QC wrote:
Nice catch and interesting... I had pretty well the same surprise further up North here in Quebec Canada a few weeks back. While kayaking along a stream, a residence had a similar feeder and an interested male Oriole. I can add the picture if you are interested? Shot handheld from the kayak with the very handy a6000 and 70-350 lens.


Go for it, post away.

In Quebec it would be a Baltimore or Orchard Oriole. Unless another variety has decided to sneak in to confuse the experts.

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Jun 9, 2021 16:33:58   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Nice one


Thanks

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Jun 9, 2021 19:31:26   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
Nice shot, Robert. Nice to know someone appreciates nectar besides hummingbirds and ants!

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Jun 9, 2021 20:00:32   #
Louis in QC Loc: Gatineau QC Canada
 
robertjerl wrote:
Go for it, post away.

In Quebec it would be a Baltimore or Orchard Oriole. Unless another variety has decided to sneak in to confuse the experts.


OK Robert, here is the Baltimore Oriole! As previously mentionned: Shot handheld from the kayak with an a6000 and 70-350 G lens. Since you mentionned settings in your OP, here were mine: 1/750s, ISO 200 and f6.3. Cheers, Louis


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Jun 10, 2021 04:27:00   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
Louis in QC wrote:
OK Robert, here is the Baltimore Oriole! As previously mentionned: Shot handheld from the kayak with an a6000 and 70-350 G lens. Since you mentionned settings in your OP, here were mine: 1/750s, ISO 200 and f6.3. Cheers, Louis




Either that house is pretty close to the water or your kayak is one of those that will slide across a dew covered lawn.

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Jun 10, 2021 07:13:17   #
Louis in QC Loc: Gatineau QC Canada
 
robertjerl wrote:


Either that house is pretty close to the water or your kayak is one of those that will slide across a dew covered lawn.


Correct, at that section of the stream, a dozen houses are close. Current is not too strong either, so I did stay away from the lawn...

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Jun 10, 2021 10:04:51   #
junglejim1949 Loc: Sacramento,CA
 
robertjerl wrote:
When I filled the hummingbird feeders last Friday the 4th I had a couple of ounces left in the container. So I just poured it in the ant traps on the hangers and some slopped down and filled a depression in the top of this feeder. Then I went in and closed the sliding door and sat down at my computer to do e-mail etc. and read while glancing out the door to see if any customers showed up.
Some did: A couple of female Hooded Orioles came by and fussed over the nectar filled ant trap (notice ants had gotten past it before I filled it with nectar) then one had her fill and left while the other got the nectar on the cap and drops off the outside of the feeder. I had been charging and changing batteries the day before so I carefully shifted the tripod and camera back in front of the sliding door, slowly slid it open without scaring them off and managed to get several frames of the one cleaning up the nectar on the top and drops running down the sides.

Canon 80D, Tamron 150-600 G2 @ 600, 1/1000 @ f/6.3, ISO-1600
Off a tripod at about 50' in cloudy bright light
When I filled the hummingbird feeders last Friday ... (show quote)


Very nice Robert 👌👍👍👍

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Jun 10, 2021 13:56:40   #
Susan yamakawa
 
Maybe he was after the ants 🐜

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Jun 10, 2021 16:36:29   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
junglejim1949 wrote:
Very nice Robert 👌👍👍👍


Thanks a lot.😎

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Jun 10, 2021 16:40:41   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
Susan yamakawa wrote:
Maybe he was after the ants 🐜


She ignored the ants and just went after the drops of nectar. I have seen hummers going after ants on the feeder and small insects that gather around the seed feeders. And at the park I have seen hummers out over the water weaving and diving to grab newly hatched insects coming off the water. Then when they get tired they will land in a tree, rest a while and go back to chasing those small insects.

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Jun 10, 2021 17:39:47   #
joecichjr Loc: Illinois, USA
 
robertjerl wrote:
When I filled the hummingbird feeders last Friday the 4th I had a couple of ounces left in the container. So I just poured it in the ant traps on the hangers and some slopped down and filled a depression in the top of this feeder. Then I went in and closed the sliding door and sat down at my computer to do e-mail etc. and read while glancing out the door to see if any customers showed up.
Some did: A couple of female Hooded Orioles came by and fussed over the nectar filled ant trap (notice ants had gotten past it before I filled it with nectar) then one had her fill and left while the other got the nectar on the cap and drops off the outside of the feeder. I had been charging and changing batteries the day before so I carefully shifted the tripod and camera back in front of the sliding door, slowly slid it open without scaring them off and managed to get several frames of the one cleaning up the nectar on the top and drops running down the sides.

Canon 80D, Tamron 150-600 G2 @ 600, 1/1000 @ f/6.3, ISO-1600
Off a tripod at about 50' in cloudy bright light
When I filled the hummingbird feeders last Friday ... (show quote)


Nice catch ⭐🌀⭐

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Jun 10, 2021 21:50:22   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
joecichjr wrote:
Nice catch ⭐🌀⭐


Thank you.

But I swear I did not catch Ms Oriole, I never got closer than about 50' and never laid a hand on her.

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