Gear Testing: Hooded Orioles at the feeder (and hummingbirds!)

Hooded Oriole, Adult Female. Feederwatch, Santa Clara, California

Hooded Oriole, Adult Female. Feederwatch, Santa Clara, California

Anna's Hummingbird, Feederwatch, Santa Clara,California

Anna’s Hummingbird, Feederwatch, Santa Clara,California

Hooded Oriole, Adult Male. Feederwatch, Santa Clara,California

Hooded Oriole, Adult Male. Feederwatch, Santa Clara,California

Anna's Hummingbird, Feederwatch, Santa Clara,California

Anna’s Hummingbird, Feederwatch, Santa Clara,California

I spent some time yesterday testing a new wireless shutter release, and since we have been in the middle of a nasty heat wave, I decided to do it through the patio door rather than go somewhere else and broil. Fortunately, I have the feeders in the back yard, and we’ve had a successful family of hooded orioles using the nectar feeder again this summer.

To my surprise, only two orioles are using the feeder now — they successfully fledged a pair of chicks and we’ve had them using the feeder since they left the nest as well, but it looks like sometime in the last week or so they’ve left the area, possible as the parents pushed them out of their territory. We still have the adult male and female, though, and they’re guzzling the nectar as they bulk up to prepare for the migration south. In the next few weeks, we’ll suddenly realize they’re gone, and we won’t see them again until (hopefully) the spring.

Images from the shoot are up on my Smugmug site, and include some hummingbird activity. It’s been a very good year for the hummingbirds and we’re got many Anna’s around arguing over the feeder and the flowers.

All of these images were shot with the Fuji X-T1, the Fuji 100-400 and 1.4X teleconverter, manual focus at ISO 1600 and F/8 in aperture mode, attached to a tripod. They were shot through the closed patio door because I love you all but at 95 degrees(F), I’m shooting through a closed window…