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King of the Stump

King of the Stump
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L IS USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-04 5:14
Viewed: 3301
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was also taken at San Angelo State Park. On this particular day there seven male Cardinals all in this one area. They were fairly civil with each other except for the occasional sqauble over certain feeding areas. This bird managed to defend this stump for several minutes before flying off for some peace and quiet. It reminded me of the days as a kid when we would find a large pile of dirt and play king of the hill. The object being not to get knocked off the top by someone else, who then became King of the hill.

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Hi Billy,
You must be proud of this picture! You caught this lovely bird in a very nice pose with good details and DOF. I also like the fact that he's almost isolated with no disturbing branches. This is a very nice capture of one of my preferred birds! Thanks,

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-02-04 5:59]

Hi Billy
Great picture of this bird. Wonderful pose. Good sharpness and natural colours.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-04 7:13]

Hi Billy
Excellent presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Details and pause are also excelletn.
TFS Michel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-04 9:20]

Hi Billy.
Once again very nice picture from you. I like the pictured scene so much. May be I would prefer a bit wider DOF. Bokeh (BG) is great as the main subject. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-04 10:08]
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Hi Billy,

What a fantastic pose you have here. I have never seen them stay in one spot for more than seconds. He is beautiful - lovely colors and good details. What is that in his mouth??


Hello Billy,
The only nit one could be puzzled about is the depth of field, otherwise a very good image for example through the composition, perching, background, pose and so forth.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-04 14:01]

Hola Billy.
Nice and sharp. Great colors of this Red Cardinal. I like the pose and the food in his beak.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-04 15:51]

Hi Billy,

Very nice capture of the cardinal, beautiful vivid colours, great light in the eye, excellent blurry background, not distracting at all.Well done!


Hey Billy,
What a sharp and detailed catch of this Cardinal eating. Perfect DoF and PoV. Wish we had these beautiful birds here in Oregon. Guess we're stuck with our own beatutiful Stellars and Blue Jays.
A real beauty here...

Very nice job Billy..
The color and details are excellent!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-05 4:49]

Hello Billy,
This is a fine capture of a male Northern Red Cardinal eating sunflower seeds with good sharpness and from a fine POV. the pose, BG and lighting are excellent too. A very nice image of this popular bird.
Thanks for sharing it,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-05 9:48]

Hello Billy, great shot my friend! Very sharp details, good pose and great composition. Good exposure and very good background, thanks!


Realy a great shot. Excelent frame and colors.A beautiful bird with nice composition. I love this foto. With best regards, Nadeem Khawar.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-05 16:28]

Very kingly and gracefully shot Billy. Beautiful light, wonderful colours too and the seed in its bill makes it more personal... great shot as usual, superb background. Thank you for being here on TN,


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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2008-02-05 20:18]

Hi Billy
I envy you as I tried and tried to get one of these fellows last spring.The female was always knocking in my window, just to fly away as I approched them with the camera, never giving me the chance to get an image as good as this one.
Good shapness and colors.
Natural settings ensured by placing the feed inside the log.
Have a good day

He's a beauty!! Perfectly captured...wonderful detail, great composition. Well done!! :)

Hello Billy wow colour is nice and saturated good focus and detail. Nice pov well composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-17 19:31]

Hello Billy

A striking and beautiful Northern Cardinal.My 7 year old daughter calls them cardies.
The POV and DOF are well handled.
Wonderful focus and detail,the eye contact is lovely.Great glint in the eye.
Well composed in the shot ,with a natural setting.


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