People Watchers~

Orioles are dedicated people watchers.

It is more than an hobby for them.

It’s a lifestyle.

They never seem to take their eyes off you!

I wonder,

what they actually think of us.

I don’t speak oriole,

but I suspect,

they’re not overly impressed.

Cheers to you from the people watching orioles~

227 thoughts on “People Watchers~

  1. Aren’t they gorgeous! Your photos are so great.
    I’ve often wondered what other species think of us, in their way. You’re right, most of the time, they’re probably not impressed.

    • Thanks much Lynette. I often wonder what birds are thinking. After all, they study us with such intensity. I suppose the fact that they usually panic at the sight of us gives us some clues……. დ

  2. Beautifully composed photographs of strikingly handsome looking birds! Orioles are always beautifully turned out: having showed our oriole recently, I am very pleased to see yours πŸ™‚

    • How intuitive of you to notice. Orioles weave hanging nests, like weavers, from palm tree strings which is why they are always in our palm trees დ

  3. They are lovely birds. It is quite funny to think what they think of us. Let them watch – just be on your best behaviour….. hehe. πŸ™‚ β™₯

  4. I love the way you tell a story with your outstanding photos, Cindy. I am also interested in the opinion birds may have of us human beings. I am certain that some of them could be rather embarrassing.

  5. Our orioles are the Baltimore variety and are orange, but these are striking photos. The bird looks a lot like our goldfinch – the yellow is eye-popping.

  6. Thank you, Cindy! This is a gorgeous bird. I see so few bird variations in Toronto.
    Even sparrows seem to be rare these days!
    Cheers! ❦

  7. I recently noticed an oriole at my hummingbird feeder, which I thought was odd, but then I saw your photos and had to look it up, and I guess that’s pretty normal! I learn something new every day!

    • Yes, birds are surreptitious spies. By the time I find them, they have already seen me, so if orioles are around you, they have already checked you out! πŸ™‚

  8. These close-ups are just incredible! (It doesn’t surprise me that the birds aren’t overly impressed with us humans, although I expect we provide them with mild amusement from time to time.)

    • Yes. Shy. But getting closer and closer to me which is amazing. I really have not been home this long, ever, since I have lived at The Holler, and we do have 515, and increasing bird species. Not to get closer to some of them დ

  9. I genuinely love your subject matter (usually birds), the accuracy of your photographs, and your offbeat commentary I do offbeat as you know.
    And orioles are bloody amazingly pretty. We get them in the UK occasionally, after a big wind.
    Me? Pied wagtail fan. Best bird in the world, and I’ve seen a few. Tiny, ridiculous, badly coordinated, can’t fly too well, silly plumage, mime artiste makeup. Bloody irresistible.. They move my soul.

    • I can’t even believe I’m hearing from you! Makes me so happy. I knew orioles were in the UK, rarely. Love the big wind explanation. Mostly, though I have been thinking, a lot lately, about the Indian Ring Necked Parrots in London (and other places in the UK). I want to photograph them in London. I don’t understand how they survive English winter, except parrots are very smart creatures, that’s why they can learn to speak both Britishisms and Californiaisms. So great to hear from you. I hope you are well დ

      • I ain’t well, but I’m still breathing. Yes, the parakeets are still here and thriving. No reason they shouldn’t, it can get bloody cold (and wet) in the Tropics.
        If you ever hit the UK, lemme know. I’ll find a way to meet up. We’ve been Friends a long time.

        • Yes, we are friends for a long time now, Duncan. We are different, but understand each other, which is pretty unique and wonderful. Sending you love and friendship დ

    • Yes! Exactly! Sunshine-coloured- souls. What a accurately beautiful descriptor. I am happy you have them. They are very shy birds, like many birds whose glorious coloring makes them stand out. დ

    • I know this for a fact. I don’t use a tripod. I have a moving lens and it is always smack against my face. All sorts of wild animals think I am some sort of “other” creature. It helps to be alone, completely still, and silent,. All of which are unhuman-like behaviors πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  10. Aren’t they a stunning color and shape? You’ve captured them beautifully. I’m struck by their proximity to the thorns. Perhaps the feathers keep them safe from a sharp jab.

    • Birds are super adept at living amongst, perching and nesting on thorns, even cactus. They can perch harmlessly on them, while many predators are intimidated by them დ

      • That’s good to know, Cindy. I don’t think I ever really thought about it until I saw your photos. So many bird pics show them on branches or other solid perches. On the subject of birds, a house wren built her next on a closed stack of drapes on our deck. She came and left within a day and I feared the worst. Then I read that they make several nests before choosing one. A week later she was back adding twigs, then gone again. Today she’s back! What a tease. Serioulsy though, its wonderful having her finally choose the nest on our deck. We’re refraining from setting up the deck furniture until she’s nested and the babies fledge.

      • It’s something of a rarity isn’t it? 😏 I keep on trying to rectify that so hopefully perseverance will pay off eventually! I’ve been trying to “like ” your comments but you are such a popular lady that I can never find our comment exchanges amongst all the others you are so understandably blessed with! So here’s my version of a like especially for you – πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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