Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Black-hooded Oriole


The Black-hooded Oriole is a common, widespread garden and forest bird. It is a resident breeder in southern Asia ranging from India and Sri Lanka, east to Indonesia. Read on for more images and info.


The female Black-hooded Oriole is more drab with greenish underparts. However, it still has the characteristic black hood. Immature birds are similar to the female but have dark streaking on the underparts and their hood is not completely black, specially on the throat. The black head of this species is an obvious distinction from the Golden Oriole. 

   
The bird nests in trees and clutches comprise of two eggs. They are not the easiest birds to see as they spend most of their time in the canopy feeding on insects and fruits.


These images were taken in our garden in Colombo and in Anuradhapura. I used the Canon 7D with the 100-400mm lens for all these shots.  The bird was nice enough to perch on a branch which gave me an unobstructed view. Fortunately I was upstairs and was able to shoot from a similar height to the perch. This enabled me to capture these images from a slightly different point of view. The fact that the bird was only about 20 meters away from me also helped. I wasn't as fortunate in Anuradhapura and had to shoot from the ground below the bird.






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12 comments:

Chris said...

That's another beauty of this world. I love the red-eye and the yellow colors!!! Its bill is also quite peculiar... Probably that this picture was not easy to do with so many branches and trees around, but you really did it well. I love this type of pictures where you can really feel the environment. Well done.

holdingmoments said...

Superb shots Dev of a beautiful bird. Red, yellow and black; what a colour combination. Stunning.

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks for your comments guys. Yep, it is definitely a striking bird.

Framed and Shot said...

Color that signals danger - bright yellow and black! but what a sweet little bird.... great pic!

Wilma said...

beautiful photographs of a beautiful bird. I really like its inquisitive posture in the first set of photos.

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks for your comments!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a delightfully comical expressive bird, and you captured your images in a grand way~

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks Mary.

S.C.E. said...

Wow what an absolutely beautiful bird..........

Dev Wijewardane said...

Yep, It's a beauty Stuart.

Gallicissa said...

Great captures, Dev. What are the settings you used to for the last image?

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks Amila.

The settings were
Shutter speed - 1/250
Aperture - 5.6
ISO - 800