This is a new one in my garden.
I have had very courageous and curious birds come right up to me many times, even a hummingbird flying into my powder room when I was photographing them in the garden.
You probably know I have since stopped photographing birds at the feeder after I showed how to set up a backyard photo studio that makes the shoot appear like it was shot in a nature preserve or forest. It is a seven part series with many tips on getting birds to gardens, then photographing them in a more natural way.
I don’t think birds at feeders are interesting photos as a rule, so I don’t have my camera in the garden unless for flowers and insects. They are good practice for taking photos in the field later, but professional photographers frown on bird feeder photos. They prefer photos in the wild like in this post.
Just to prove the oriole is in my garden, on Wednesday, I photographed it after it ate some grape jelly and was foraging the Royal Gem crabapple tree for insects. The first image in the gallery shows the insect in its beak. Click through, it is a pretty bird in my garden.
Back to more challenging photos….
On Tuesday while I was working in the garage, I had a Baltimore Oriole fly in and perch five feet away from me on the handle of the lawnmower and just stare at me. I know bird behavior pretty well now that I have been birding with “professional” birders for a few years.
For a male oriole to do this is VERY unusual. There was no doubt in my mind why he did it, but I am sure an ornithologist might disagree.
His orange cups were empty! I swear he visited me to go inside and get the grape jelly. I obediently did as I thought he asked. Never would I have thought an oriole would come that close in an enclosed, dark building. Sometimes a bird will surprise you.
Next post… do you know all about soils? Most likely you don’t realize the over 20 soil tests architects do for site preparation and why they matter for your gardens. Plus photos of my garden bloom progress this spring. Heck, photographing soil is boring!