Orchard Oriole

Yesterday’s activity for the Smoky Mountain Workshop was focused on wildlife in Cade’s Cove.  We saw a wide variety of animals including deer, bear, turkey, coyote and lots of birds.  One particular meadow was full of an abundance of songbirds including this Orchard Oriole.

The Park Ranger told us that they have two types of Orioles in Cade’s Cove – Baltimore and Orchard.  I was familiar with the Baltimore variety perhaps mainly because of the baseball team mascot.  The orchard variety was a new one on me.  This has been a very educational outing both from a naturalist viewpoint as well as photographic.

Lots of images to go through once I get home and lots of new techniques to put to work in many photographic outings to come.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/200 sec – ISO 400


Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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