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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Black-headed Oriole

W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

The Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus) is a frequent visitor to my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) and I’m always thrilled to hear his liquid call, upon which I rush out to refill the oranges and apples, which seem to be his favourite fruit.



  1. I'm so pleased I found your blog, I'm sure I saw it on Ronelles African tapestry.
    Love your painting of The Black-headed Oriole. I've been told that in the region of France where I live there are Golden Oriole. Each summer I hear the song but I've never seen it.

    1. And I'm so glad you did Barbara, what a lovely blog you have! I definitely will be spending some time there catching up! Glad to meet a 'friend' of Ronelle's, I just love reading her French escapades as she is also originally from South Africa. You really must try and spot that Golden Oriole, unlike ours, he is completely yellow, but with black wings, whereas ours has the black head. Thank you for your lovely comment and visit!

  2. Lovely painting and what a beautiful bird. We so rarely see them here but they are such a sight. Hope you are having a great start to March. Take care and thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Debbie, what a coincidence, I visited your blog just this morning! Thank you, glad you like the Oriole and my March has started off beautifully, lovely rain today! You take care too!


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