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Of all the cool birds in the Lower Rio Grande Valley I think the one that gets me the most excited is the Altamira Oriole. I love their song and the crazy bright color! This one made my morning during a visit to Bentsen State Park last month. I love if when they just come in and pose like this.

 

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Icterus gularis

 

Watching the Altamira Orioles visiting the feeders at the Salineno feeding station was quite a pleasure during our recent visit to the Lower Rio Grande Valley. I could watch these beauties all day long. The colors are so bold and bright and the bird’s behavior is so intense. Look at that eye, so focused!

 

www.texastargetbirds.com

 

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Icterus gularis

 

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

I saw several orioles on this trip but this specimen gave me the best photo opps. I was disappointed to find one out of focus oriole that I never noticed until I was going through my photos. I had been focussing on a different bird and never noticed it. Luckily I didn't have such a problem with this one. I have other pics I will post of this bird later that clearly show the yellow/orange shoulder mark that separates this from the hooded oriole.

Icterus gularis

 

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Rio Grande Valley, Texas

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

An Altamira Oriole pauses briefly at the Salineno Birding Area near the Rio Grande in Texas, USA, showing its distinctive colourful plumage.

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

An Oriole that is found in tropical climates but wanders into the southern parts of Texas. Attracted here by the peanut butter spread on the tree.

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Mission, Texas

www.texastargetbirds.com

 

This Altamira Oriole definitely brightened up our morning during a recent visit to the Lower Rio Grande Valley. South Texas has a lot of fantastic birds but if I had to pick a favorite I think it would have to be the Altamira Oriole.

 

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Icterus gularis

 

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

  

Taken at Santa Ana NWR in Texas. It had its nest built in a tree over a road in the park.

 

Thanks so much for the visit!

These Orioles are found in Mexico , Central America and as far north as South Texas near the Rio Grande River.

Rio Grande Valley, Texas

This Altamira Oriole enjoys a bath at a pool in Bentsen—Rio Grande Valley State Park, Texas, USA. This was an artificial source of water and had a blind (hide) overlooking it, which allowed excellent views of a variety of birds.

The ripple on the surface and the drops from its bill tell the story of this Altamira Oriole drinking at a water source in Bentsen—Rio Grande Valley State Park in Texas, USA. There was a blind (hide) for observation and photography. This species only just makes it into southern Texas, at the far north of its primary range in Mexico and Central America.

An Altamira Oriole enjoys a vigorous bath at a pool in Bentsen—Rio Grande Valley State Park, Texas, USA.

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