Baltimore Oriole Drenched

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© Andrea Petersen
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He turned the wilderness into standing water, and dry ground into water springs...Psalms 107: 33

The bedraggled Oriole looking skyward is wondering why his jelly dish is filled with water...

He braved the rain storm only to find more water...After it stopped raining I refilled his dish with jelly and he came back to eat. Although it may not have been fun for the oriole, it was the first time I had ever taken a picture of a song bird who was drenched without his getting into a bird bath and splashing around in it..I did not expect to see him get out in pouring down rain when I shot this picture through the window this past week.

We have had lots of rain storms the past few days and I am just now able to upload a picture again after my computer crashed from one of the electrical storms..We had to install a new operating system which took awhile... I am little behind in making comments and I apologize.

An Update: I was asked the question do we actually feed the birds jelly...Yes, indeed we do, but only certain birds will eat the grape jelly that we feed them and these are the ones who come to our feeder that partake in this: Baltimore Oriole, Catbird, Black Capped Chickadee, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting..besides, other creatures such as Eastern Chipmunk, and squirrels. The Oriole and Catbird do not eat sunflower seeds...The Hummingbirds of course do not either and they like nectar. The Grosbeaks, Goldfinch, Cardinals, Bluejays Chickadees, Sparrows, Junco's, Nuthatch, Chipmunks, and Squirrels or any others that I have missed all like Sunflower Seeds to supplement their diet. I was delighted to see a baby Red Squirrel come to the feeder today..I made friends with its Mama.

Thank you for those who think this picture looks like a painting...I really didn't do anything outside of working with the contrast and reducing the grain in photo shop.... The rain pouring down when I shot this picture makes it look painterly..and shooting through the window which acts as another filter. Plus opening my aperture with a very slow shutter speed to compensate for the dim lighting also helped.

Thank you so much Leslie Hunziker for the generous spotlight. I so appreciate it!

19 responses

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (19 Jun 2012):

    This bedraggled Oriole photo looks like a painting : ). I bet it really wanted some jelly to brave the rain storm and from the look on its face, it was so disappointed to find rain water in the jelly dish. Glad that you refilled it and the bird returned to get some jelly to eat : )

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (19 Jun 2012):

    Oh my....the poor fellow! This is a fantastic capture!! I'm glad to see your computer is up and running again!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (19 Jun 2012):

    What a fantastic capture, poor little bird, nature can be cruel!

  • Dorothy Burwell

    Dorothy Burwell   gave props (19 Jun 2012):

    I agree with Ann, it really does look like a painting. Great shot!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (19 Jun 2012):

    A lovely little bird....and so strong yet delicate...nice to care about these guys, Andrea

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (19 Jun 2012):

    Thank you for your comments...Even though it was frustrating that my computer went down and my settings got moved to different spots, losing a few programs in photo shops, the up side is that with the new operating system my computer moves a little faster than it did. Also got my new keyboard installed so that I can actually see to type. The old one had lost most of its letters and it was hit and miss....I could really emphasize with the frustrations of the bird but things got better for him also when he came back to see jelly in his dish instead of water. It makes you appreciate the good things in life that come after bad.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2012):

    i agree with all!! stunning !!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (19 Jun 2012):

    Wonderful color and detail!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (19 Jun 2012):

    Nice color and clarity here.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (19 Jun 2012):

    this is beautiful, Andrea! i love the look on his little face. the treatment here is awesome.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (20 Jun 2012):

    I love it!

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (20 Jun 2012):

    This really is a fun photo! Wonderful colors.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (20 Jun 2012):

    I love the painterly effect here, he is such a lovely little fellow and so courageous to brave the storms. The jelly would certainly brighten his day..

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (21 Jun 2012):

    he's got spirit! Cute!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    Friggin' Fabulous Fun Find and entry.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    Beautiful, my friend. It really does look painterly. Wonderful narrative, too:)

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    I won't be able to see this birds if not for you, Andrea! This should be in a calendar.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia gave props (26 Jun 2012):

    outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!! great entry

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (13 Aug 2012):

    amazing shot!!!

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