Streak-backed Amazing Luck
David L. Keeling
I know there are more important things happening today, but...
Today was my extremely lucky day. I had excellent looks at the STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE today, at 8:50AM, (with no other birder in sight). As I walked toward the campground, before the barrier, I noticed something orange about 5 feet off the ground, right on the left side of the road. "It can't be", was my first thought. But it was, and it sat calmly for a minute or two and flew only a few feet when spooked by a jogger. My folder has 108 images taken over six minutes. Most are dreadful but several came out quite nice, including a mostly front view and a mostly rear view. Total luck, but perhaps the bird is becoming more cooperative. I wish equal luck to each of you!
I have posted two pictures on my FLICKR site of the oriole, and a not good picture of the Zone-tailed hawk, redeemed somewhat by being taken with a near full moon background, a remarkable composition.