FOS Green Heron and Bullock’s Oriole


Durng the past week or so, Ann and I have seen our first of the season Green Heron, (Butorides virescens), and Bullock’s Oriole, (Icterus bullockii).  We had been watching for both of them, as we knew it was the proper time for their arrival.

Green Heron

Green Heron, photographed at Middle Concho Park in San Angelo, Texas. Bird was on opposite side of the Middle Concho River, about 20 feet above the river in a tree. Tripod mounted Canon 7D, 500mm f4 lens with 1.4 teleconverter. Exposure 1/1000 sec. @f5.6, -0.3EV, ISO 200.   Aperture priority.

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole is our predominant oriole around this area, but the other species make occasional visits.  Photographed in Middle Concho Park in San Angelo, Texas.  Canon EOS 7D and 500mm f4 lens with 1.4 tele-converter.  Exposure 1/1600 sec. @ f5.6, ISO 100.  Shot in aperture priority.  Handheld from window of my car.

Tomorrow I will publish the results of my 2nd bird quiz.  If you haven’t voted yet you can do so at this link:   BirdQuiz.   Then on Saturday stay tuned for the exciting Quiz 3.  Click on either of the above images to see an enlargement.

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18 thoughts on “FOS Green Heron and Bullock’s Oriole

  1. These are beautiful birds and great portraits. I have only once experienced the oriole. It was in California when a pair of them came to stay for a week in my backyard. I just loved watching them in my herb and rose gardens! Then they just disappeared and, I assume, moved on to wherever it was they were headed. I was sad to see them go, but excited to have experienced their beauty.
    ~ Lynda

  2. Great photos..really love the Green Heron with his piercing yellow eyes..the Bullock Oriole is such a handsome bird..today is studio day..barrel cactus and hummers for New Mexico bird watchers..take care..can’t wait until tomorrow to see the answer to the quiz…

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