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Hooded oriole        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Hooded orioles (orange-and-black males, yellow-green females) are frequently found in close association with palm trees, which are favorite nesting locations.   In southern California, they also favor streamside sycamore trees.   They are fond of flower nectar (such as from ocotillos, as at below at right), agaves (upper right and immediately below), and fruit, and occasionally patronize hummingbird feeders.   I photographed these in California: at Big Morongo Reserve headquarters in the southeastern desert, in nearby Palm Desert, in a backyard garden in La Jolla, and in sycamore trees at the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area in Riverside.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II or 1D3 or 1D4, 500 mm F4 IS plus 1.4X or 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)