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Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) immature Eden at Fogg Dam NT
Canon EOS 40D Lens 100-400mm L IS USM at 400mm ISO 400 F5.0 1/250 available light 4 September 2009
Taken adjacent to watering spot at Eden at Fogg Dam  B&B NT where a paperbark provided ready perches even for non-drinkers.
Have no idea of the fruit in beak? Anyone with and ID, please? Olive-backed Orioles occur right around the coast and adjacent inland from Broome Western Australia east though the Northern Territory and Quensland then south through New South Wales and Victoria and into South Australia as far as Adelaide and also Kangaroo Island. Oriels are from a worldwide family and in Australia there are three species the other two being the Yellow Oriel and the Australiasian Figbird. Olive-backed Orioles occur right around the coast and adjacent inland from Broome Western Australia east though the Northern Territory and Quensland then south through New South Wales and Victoria and into South Australia as far as Adelaide and also Kangaroo Island. This species is a mimic and is both insectivorous and frugivorous.Go to Birds in Backyards at: http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Oriolus-sagittatus for a full account of this species and here again take the time to hear its call recorded by Fred van Gessel. Juvenile Olive-backed Orioles can be confused with female Figbirds and indeed I initially mistook this image as a female Australasian Figbird !!Surprised

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Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) Eden at Fogg Dam NT
Canon EOS 40D Lens 100-400mm L IS USM at 150mm ISO 400 F5.0 1/150 fill flash 5 September 2009
Always on the move and repositioning before dropping down to drink, I found this Olive-backed Oriole an entertaining subject and with such a brilliant eye a challenge to try to portray some of its effervescent character. The following image supports this evaluation of this bird.

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Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) Eden at Fogg Dam NT
Canon EOS 40D Lens 100-400mm L IS USM at 150mm ISO 400 F5.0 1/125 fill flash 5 September 2009

In all a very pleasant encounter and one I hope to repeat if the opportunity is possible.

 

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