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It’s that time of year where all the birds have one thing on their minds… makin’ babies! šŸ™‚ The wrens have taken up residence in the large yellow bird house, the chickadees are in the bellowsĀ bird house and the sparrows (both the English and house varieties) have found spaces inĀ the guttersĀ (despite our attempts to discourage them. Sigh).

Looking down fromĀ one of my office windows, I can seeĀ the large arbor that extends over our garage. Two weeks ago, I watched this femaleĀ robinĀ tirelessly gather building materials for her nest.

“Material Girl” (North American Robin, Adult Female) Nikon D300, 420mm (VR 200-400mm F/4G lens with 1.4x Teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 640

The nest is lovely and she barely fit inside of it when it was finished. However, with all the rain we’ve had in the last two weeks, I didn’t get a chance to scope out a spot where I can get a good camera angle on the actual nest itself (it is tucked within the trumpet vines just below the garage eaves…a very tricky spot, indeed). Sadly, this week the nest has been empty. šŸ˜¦ (I am hoping this is merely a temporary situation and that it hasn’t been abandoned evenĀ before being utilized for its intended purpose). Stay tuned.

“Orange Crush” (Baltimore Oriole, Adult Female) Nikon D300, 550mm (VR 200-400mm F/4G w/1.4x Teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/80s, ISO 640

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Over the weekend, a flash of orange streaked across the sky and I knew in an instant it meant the Orioles were back!! I immediately cut anĀ orange and filled theĀ rind halvesĀ with sweet jelly in the hope I could entice the little beauties to stay around.

I have no idea where the nest is being built but this morning, I spied two males and a female flitting about the yard.Ā Good enough reason for me to haul out the large lens and tripod, dontchathink? šŸ˜‰

“Getting Ready” (Baltimore Oriole, Adult Female) Nikon D300, 550mm (VR 200-400 F/4G w/1.4x Teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/100s. ISO 640

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Now, while the brightly-colored male eluded my lens (must be related to the male cardinal, eh?) I was able to capture the female as she took 5 in a nearby tree, a tuft of freshly picked grass clasped in her beak.

Folks, I did my best paparazzi moves to capture these images! Even so, I was eventually spotted by the orange girl and she thenĀ decided the photo shoot was over.

Seeing that these are my first ever Oriole photos, I’m okay with that! šŸ™‚

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