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Cardinal Staring at me

Cardinal Staring at me
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-29 3:57
Viewed: 2949
Points: 56
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On the same day my noisy boisterous little friend also took a keen interest in my activities. He's almost too friendly.

From Texas Parks and Wildlife website:

It would be difficult to mistake the male cardinal for any other North American bird. His bright red feathers, distinct head crest, and black mask and throat patch set him apart from all the rest. He is a welcome resident throughout the United States, and his popularity has earned him the distinction of being the state bird for Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Audubon declared, "In richness of plumage, elegance of motion and strength of song, this species surpasses all its kindred in the United States."

The female cardinal did not receive an equal measure of flamboyant good looks. She has the distinctive crest and red bill of the male, but her yellowish, cinnamon-brown plumage contains only touches of red. One birder described her as looking as if she were wearing an ashy-brown chiffon veil over a rose dress. This "chiffon veil" might also be thought of as a camouflage suit, which allows her and her young to hide from predators. Unlike the females in most species, she is an accomplished vocalist and may be heard singing along with the male. Many admirers believe her song more than makes up for her drab appearance.

The soft warbling of young cardinals, quite unlike the adult vocalizations, does not begin to contain adult sounds until the young are about two months old. At first the crested fledglings are even duller and browner than their mother. As time passes, their blackish bills slowly lighten, going through stages of purple and raspberry before finally becoming red. Their short, stubby tail feathers lengthen, and by the time the young have their first winter plumage, they look like their parents.

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Hello Angelina,
Very good light, well composed, nice pose and perching.

Hi Angelina
They sure are bright, the sun really shows up the red.
Great eye contact and detail. Wonderful


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-29 4:41]

Hi Angelina

Another excellent shot of a cardinal - great POV and excellent isolation from BG.


Dear Angy
Very intersting shot of this Red Cardinal,
Perfect focusing,pose and exposure,
Superb shot,Welldone.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-29 5:13]

Hola Angelina,
buena captura,
precioso trabajo, colores y bello pov,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-29 6:44]

Hi Angy.
Nice compsotion.Sharp image whit nice details.I like the pose and the eye contact he is having whit you.
TFS Michel

You have been reading my crits to Mario eh? He knows as you do how much I adore this state bird of Ohio...and how it reminds me so much of my youth which now is only in good memories. Very well done Angel...and you are that you know. May you have a blessing today. Congratulations.

Hi Angy
Very nice job on this Cardinal. Great lighting and well composed.
perfect focus with good detail.
Wonderful job!

Hi Angelina,
Good image of the Cardinal.
I've yet to get one worth posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-29 7:25]

Hello Angelina,
You've got a very lovely friend. Beautiful light and pose of the bird. Good sharpness and focus. Nice composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-29 7:47]

Hello Angy,
Great shot of a male Northern Cardinal from a fine POV and in a superb composition amongst the lichen-covered branches. Great eye-contact.
Nice to view and TFS!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-29 9:37]

Hi Angy,

From the look on his face I think he is unhappy with you for not paying more attention to him! A beautiful cardinal in a wonderful pose. Colors and details are excellent. I like the composition in the tree.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-29 10:20]

Hello Angy

A striking image of this beautiful cardinal.
Awesome detail and sharp focus.
The eye contact is superb with lovely catch light.
The colours are vivid,and bold.The red is well saturated.
Excellent plumage detail and colouration.
Well composed in a natural setting,I hope to get a shot like this some day.Great job!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-29 10:55]

Hi Angelina.
My compliments. Perfect picture with amazing bird and its glance. Scenery is so great as the main subject. Quality of the shot is great. Bravo and TFS.

Hello Angelina,
lively pose in pleasant sunlight, well detailed in cheerfully brilliant colours. Well describing, well informing notes. Thank you! With best regards,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-29 16:01]

selam friend; Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are lovely.
well done
TFS ridvan

Lovely composition. The sharpness is nailed and the pose is great. There's little noise, the dof is perfect, and I love the contrast of colors. Excellent exposure.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-30 0:31]

Hi Angelina,
Splendid shot with such bright colours and sharpness on its plumage. The eye contact is fantastic and I like the intense expression and the alert pose. Superb lighting, exposure and DOF. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Angelina, a pesar del sol y sommbra has conseguido una buena captura con excelente pose del ave y unos colores naturales. La rama en diagonal y con esos líquenes de colores preciosa. Dificultad en esta toma por la fuerte luz de ambiente.

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

hello angelina,
lovely capture, you got a nice pose, the cute little bird is really giving you a surprising look, sharp image, beautiful colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

Good shot. A bit oversharpened, but nothing to be worried about. Good pose and colors! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-30 8:45]
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How can a bird be too friendly?
Great capture, superb eye contact, wonderful colour

I love them. Aren't they impressive when they are looking directly at you? This is a beautiful moment captured with nice details, colors, exposure and light. I like those birds so much. It is always a pleasure to see them with their little female companion, always together :) Thanks,

hello Angelina

i see that i missed this beautiful photo,
great luminosity on the image
with excellent details and sharpness
i like the cardinal's pose, the image POV and framing



Hello Angelina.
Very beautiful. Awesome colour. Great DOF and sharpness. Lovely light. Well captured.
Regards, Steve.

Angelina, our good friend,
It is not 'staring' at you or me; it is "posing" just for you.
Greetings from the COLD COLD North.
See you & hubby in August of 2008, we hope.
Your true friends,
B. & M. from Calgary.

Great POV and pose with the card looking at you Angelina. Very good detail, DOF, color, and interesting light as well :)
Well done & Thank You!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-23 14:01]

Thanks a lot for this great pic and Merry Christmas to you and your family,Luciano.

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