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Lady Cardinal

Lady Cardinal
Photo Information
Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-01-26 16:46
Viewed: 2211
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Female Northern Cardinal - The northern cardinal is so well loved that it has been named the official bird of no fewer than seven U.S. states. Bright red cardinals are easily identified by even casual bird watchers, and are often seen frequenting backyards and bird feeders. When foraging elsewhere the birds eat insects, seeds, grain, fruit, and sap.

Cardinals, also called "redbirds," do not migrate and have traditionally been more common in warmer climes such as the U.S. southeast. However, in recent decades they have expanded their common range north through the United States and even into Canada. This population growth may be due to an increase in winter birdfeeders and to the bird's ability to adapt to parks and suburban human habitats.

Only males sport the brilliant red plumage for which their species is known. The color is a key to mating success—the brighter the better. Females are an attractive tan/gray.

Cardinals are active songbirds and sing a variety of different melodies.

Males can be aggressive when defending their territory, and they frequently attack other males who intrude. This tendency sometimes leads cardinals to fly into glass windows, when they charge an "intruding bird" that is really their own reflection.

Cardinals are fairly social and join in flocks that may even include birds of other species. During mating season, however, groups dissolve into pairs. Male birds feed their monogamous partners as they incubate clutches of eggs—typically three per season.

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what a nice capture with good sharpness and magnificent colour. good composition also.

certainly one of the greatest images of Northern Cardinal I've seen in a long time Bill. Amazing simplicity, brilliant depth and pleasant clarity. In my workshop I have created an alternative where I have added some Cyan and blue colors, which create slightly cooler image. On top of that I applied some shadow/highlight to reduce slightly the brightness of the image. Hope you like that version Bill ... your image is Spectacular in my opinion ...once again! ;)
George Veltchev

Great photo Bill! Beautiful pose of the bird, excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-01-26 23:22]

Hi Bill
great details and perfect bg
well done

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-27 1:30]

Hello Bill,
such a lovely bird and you did well in all calculation to give an amazing presentation.
how exciting to see its agile eye and lively fine feathers.


Nice bird good shot. Thanks for sharing this beautiful bird

Hi Bill
Great shot of this Cardinal.Impressive sharpness and beautiful colors.

Ciao Bill, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful lighing BG, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful bright colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-27 6:30]

Hello Bill,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this Northern Cardinal. Pleasing pose with eye contact. The light and colours are gorgeous. Great composition. A real beauty!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-27 7:19]

Hello Bill,
Wonderful image with tack sharp details and vivid color. This is truly a superb image! thank you.Best regards Siggi

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-01-27 10:02]

Wonderful picture, I like the color and light, also the composition, it look very natural. Congratulation.

I liked it....

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-28 0:05]

Beautiful and colorful bird in good composition. tfs.

That's a rich looking bird Bill. You have a good camera that picked up the subtle red shades including the orange to the beak. I think the bird is a little too centered and could be off the the side a bit. The background colour really enriches the shot. It's just a beautiful shot Bill. Well done! It's always a pleasure to see something a little rare. TFS Trevor

hi Bill,
a beautiful bird and good composition. good clarity too.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-28 18:46]

Hello Bill,
You can't get any better then this fine image. This little lady posed perfectly for you and showed you her best side.
Beautiful natural colors and super sharp details. Exposure is just right and you even managed to capture that always sought after glint in the eye. Great work!!

Hello friend Bill,
Excellent photography, excellent sharpness and colors, great POV and BG
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

Hello Bill,
A bird captured in a beautiful image. I like here the pose of the bird, sharpness, details and colours. Great composition, too. Well done!

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