Hawk and Oriole Stand-off at High Park: June 2020

Hiking deep in the woods makes it very difficult to photograph birds so my last several posts have had no bird photos.

On this day, I decided to have a look at High Park where I knew that some bird photos could be taken.

Within a few moments, my attention was drawn to a repeatedly whistling oriole.

Baltimore Oriole (male)

Something must be up, and that something was sitting just below the offended oriole.

Red-tailed Hawk

The oriole was hopping from branch to branch.

Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Baltimore Oriole (male)

In all likelihood, the red-tail had discovered the oriole’s nest and was waiting for the right opportunity to steal a chick and fly off. The oriole was desperate to prevent this. Eventually, the hawk gave up .. perhaps just to stop the oriole from constant squawking.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk with wind
Red-tailed Hawk with wind
Red-tailed Hawk eliminating
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

There were other large birds about:

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Canada Geese family
Canada Goose
Canada Goose juvenile

Other birds:

Brown-headed Cowbird (male)
Common Grackle
Common Grackle
Common Grackle chick
American Robin
American Robin on nest
House Sparrow (male)
Mallard (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Wood Pewee
Mute Swans
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Duck (male) juvenile
Wood Duck (male) juvenile
Wood Duck (male) juvenile

Other sights:

“wood” bird
Nova Scotia license in parking lot: plate detail
Chipmunk

NATURE THOUGHT

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.    – Bernard Williams

Miles Hearn

6 thoughts on “Hawk and Oriole Stand-off at High Park: June 2020

  1. ANNE E MARRIOTT

    Wow—drama in the park! What gorgeous photo’s as always. Makes me miss those walks even more!

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  2. Irene Karman

    I was glued to the pics. Makes me want to go to High Park.Love the angles of the hawk. Love the oriole.Thanks Miles.
    Irene

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  3. Rosemarie Fischer

    OMG!!! breathtakingly beautiful shots! I wanted to touch them and feel the texture of the feathers!!!

    Thank You so much!!!!!

    Rosemarie Fischer

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  4. Lisa Volkov

    So who should I root for, in this one? We all gotta eat! But I guess–well, you can guess I was relieved that the Oriole won!
    Great pictures! Thanks, Miles!

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  5. Lou-Anne Kurchak

    Miles, you take amazing photos. You could frame them and sell some of them. Another job for you in retirement.

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