I spent a couple of mornings in April photographing Altamira orioles at the nest. As you may know, this species constructs an incredible hanging nest which sometimes reaches 2′ in length. Coupled with the birds’ incredible gold and black colors and melodious song, they are a joy to watch, hear or photograph.
The following photos were made with the tripod standing on the ground and/or the back of a pickup. As usual, my equipment included a Wimberley tripod head, Canon 7D Mark II camera and 500 mm IS lens. I mostly tried to capture behavior and flight shots… fun but not easy.
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It was almost impossible to anticipate the birds’ flight path as they returned to the nest with invertebrates for the young. Hence, I got no flight shots of birds carrying colorful caterpillars and bugs, but I hope to get ‘er done next spring.
Have a good week,