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19 October 2011

Altamira Oriole

Last summer I had the pleasure of taking a trip to south Texas (the Rio Grande Valley) in search of birds and wildlife.  I came away with a number of new bird and butterfly species seen and photographed, and look forward to sharing some of the highlights over the coming months.

One highlight was the Altamira Oriole and nest seen at Estero Llano Grande State Park.  The Altamira Oriole is only found in the Rio Grande Valley in the USA, and this conspicuous nest made for an easy sighting:
Altamira Oriole Nest

The bird itself was a  bit harder to photograph.  It made a couple of brief stops on the wire and then flew off.  As a result, I only ended up with a few blurry shots, but it is enough to see its vibrant orange coloring, extending to its median coverts, along with the black facial markings.
Altamira Oriole

Altamira Oriole

While the photos were not spectacular, the bird certainly is!

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