Male Orchard Oriole on an olive tree branch

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© Andrea Petersen
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Blessed be his glorious name and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Psalms 72: 19

We are more apt to see the Baltimore Orioles and rarely do we see the Orchard oriole, consequently was thrilled that one appeared on May 16, 2011, to eat jelly off the bird feeder. Spring is my favorite time of the year to see the migrating colorful birds, which is why I chose this picture for the challenge.

A rare guest
Did its best
To give visibility
Whilst on an olive tree...

The male orchard oriole
Fulfilled his role
Within natures splendor
As God's ambassador,
To bring sweet release
In the name of peace.

Poetry by me, AJP

To see the female Orchard Oriole who arrived a few days after the male
here is the link:

Thank you so much JanElle for your kindness in nominating this picture.

30 responses

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    wonderful detail on this beautiful bird right down to its feet! Very nice entry.

  • Doglvr

    Doglvr gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Excellent close up.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Awwwwe I just love all your little birdie friends.....looks even more special in lightbox

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    A very handsome specimen and great entry for this new theme!! (I've never seen one up close!)

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Fantastic shot and entry!!!! Such great DOF.

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (6 Feb 2012):


  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Fantastic shot -- wonderful entry

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    what a beautiful bird

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    Wildly wonderful entry!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    The photo is excellent, Andrea, I did not know that there was an Orchard Oriole, I have only heard about the Baltimore Oriole. I have never seen either species. I would love to see them someday. In my art class we are working on painting birds and have been paying attention to their feet and legs. This photo gives a perfect shot of the feet, plus the whole bird - lol : )

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    What a fabulous capture, Andrea! So sharp! and the colors are gorgeous! Great entry!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    You've done it again. Amazing, Andrea.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (7 Feb 2012):

    Donna and Ann you mentioned the sharpness in the legs and feet.I manually stopped down to F/16 as I wanted as much detail as I possibly could get shooting through the window. My ISO was 450 and my shutter speed 1/100 sec. I used my telephoto 300mm lens.. I also used a tripod so there would be no camera shake. I shot this at 9:37 AM on May 16, 2011 and I was able to shoot 7 pictures of it before it got to our feeder..Our Olive tree and the feeder is not far from our window..I will enclose a link to see another shot of
    this bird that I posted earlier.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    excellent entry, Andrea!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (7 Feb 2012):


  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    I've only seen the baltimore orioles, which are very lovely too. The colour of this oriole is incredible and I love how you captured such intricate detail, even his feet are pictured very clearly! What a fantastic capture and entry !!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    This photo is absolutely stunning, Andrea. The colors are so rich and beautiful. You captured him perfectly....I have a terrible time with birds. They seem to know when I'm about to push the shutter and that when they make a break for it! :) But your shots are always astounding!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (7 Feb 2012):


  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    I have never seen such detail.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    Wow! I feel like I'm looking right through the window and seeing this bird in person. Fantastic shot, Andrea!

  • damir ceric

    damir ceric gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    wonderful,and so well photographed,complimenten

  • Rachelle Crockett

    Rachelle Crockett gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    Great capture!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    this is the perfect shot for this theme!

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    väga hea makrofoto-ilus-selge

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (10 Feb 2012):


  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (10 Feb 2012):


  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (11 Feb 2012):

    Incredible clarity and detail. For sure gets my vote.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Excellent entry!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (23 Feb 2012):

    Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful colors, detail light, and DOF. I love your poetry too! Outstanding work in every way!

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