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Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-18 5:35
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Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Yes, another Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis 19-23 cm) in a relaxing pose, picture taken in Bois Papineau in Laval.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
The brilliantly colored Northern Cardinal has the record for popularity as a state bird: in the United States, it holds that title in seven states. This common bird is a winter fixture at snow-covered bird feeders throughout the Northeast, but it only spread to New York and New England in the mid-20th century.
Medium-sized songbird.
Large crest on head.
Heavy, conical red bill.
Face surrounded by black.
Male entirely brilliant red.
Female grayish-tan with red tail and wings.
Size: 21-23 cm (8-9 in)
Wingspan: 25-31 cm (10-12 in)
Weight: 42-48 g (1.48-1.69 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male brilliant red, female tan.
Song a series of clear whistles, the first down-slurred and ending in a slow trill. "Cheer, cheer, cheer, what, what, what, what." Call a sharp "chip."
Conservation Status
Population density and range increased over the last 200 years, largely as a response to habitat changes made by people. The cardinal benefits from park-like urban habitats and the presence of bird feeders. However, it is listed as a species of special concern in California and may disappear there because of habitat loss.
Other Names
Cardinal rouge (French)
Cardenal rojo, Cardenal norteño, Cardenal común (Spanish)
Cool Facts
Population density and range of the Northern Cardinal has increased over the last 200 years, largely as a response to habitat changes made by people. However, it is listed as a species of special concern in California and may disappear there because of habitat loss.
The female Northern Cardinal sings, often from the nest. The song may give the male information about when to bring food to the nest. A mated pair shares song phrases, but the female may sing a longer and slightly more complex song than the male.
The male cardinal fiercely defends its breeding territory from other males. When a male sees its reflection in glass surfaces, it frequently will spend hours fighting the imaginary intruder.
Brighter red males hold territories with denser vegetation, feed at higher rates, and have greater reproductive success than duller males

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-18 6:20]

Hello Mario,
Yes, another photo of a Northern Cardinal. But this one also has an excellent quality. Contrasting and clear colours, sharp details, compostion, pose, POV and DOF are all fantastic.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-02-18 6:37]

Bright and sharp!
Nice composition and good detail. TFS and good luck!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-18 7:05]

Perfect shot of this Red Cardinal Mario!
Everything: the composition, POV, colours, lighting, clarity, detail, sharpenss, DOF, BG, frame... all perfect.

Very well done,


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-18 7:16]

Hi Mario,
amazing shot my friend, the colours are superb as is the detail and composition. Outstanding work, well done.


Great job on this cardinal,
One of my fav backyard birds,
Lovely image as usual,


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-18 7:34]

Hi Mario,
Bueatifull shot of this cardinal, colourfull very sharp and a nice POV.

a proud bird, awaiting the return of the sun as the rest of us...Very proud pose on this one Mario..Adn a nice contrast well lit...

Nice shot Mario. It's difficult to get them sitting still. Nice close-up here with a wonderful catch light. Perfect BG too.

salut Mario

encore une de tes superbe photo d'un cardinal rouge,
superbe composition, excellente luminosité du sujet,
superbe pose du sujet, POV et cadrage de l'image,
joli cacth-light à l'oeil, excellente netteté et détails du plumage, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-18 8:32]

Hi Mario,

If there is such a thing as a perfect picture this is it! Start with the most beautiful bird add to that a marvelous pose with a most expressive face, excellent details, striking color and finish it off with a lovely background and marvelous composition. This is just superb.


bonjour mario
comme cette photo est là encore magnifique,je vais juste demander la distance entre vous et le cardinal, surtout qu'a lire la note c'est pris en plein bois(avec ou sans affut?.
merci du partage.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-18 10:08]

Salut Mario
Excellent présentation.Belle pause du sujet et image bien en focus avec d'excellent details.J'aime bien la lumiere dans l.'oeil .
Merci Michel
Du au conflit de travails je ne fait que de breve sortie appele moi (cell) on pourrais peut etre s'arranger pour samedi matin.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-18 10:25]

Hi Mario,

This kardinal is posing for you, Colors, contrast and POV are splendid. The catchlight in the eye is wonderful.


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-18 11:53]

Bonjour Mario
Très belle prise de ce cardinale rouge qui parrait pas peu fière! Superbes couleurs et excellente netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-18 12:14]

Hi Mario. You just keep loading Cardinals to me they are fantastic looking birds. the detail and colours you have captured are spot on. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-18 12:31]

Hola Mario,
precioso trabajo y encuadre,
excelente foco y colores, bella iluminación... saludos

Stupenda immagine dai colori fantastici, magnifica composizione che esalta la vanitosa bellezza di questo uccello. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-18 16:03]

Bonjour Maario,

J'aime beaucoup la composition et la position qu'il a prise pour toi nous le montre tout fier perché sur cette branche diagonale. D'excellentes couleurs vives avec de superbes détails dans le plumage et que dire de cet éclat dans l'oeil...tout simplement parfait!


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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-02-18 16:08]

Woah! That is top notch - one of the best cardinal shots I've seen in general! Most excellent.
Cheers, Klaus

Hello Mario,
Great capture, excellent composition and nice point of view, superb sharpness and perfect depth of field,beautiful colors, such nice shades of red.

Bonsoir Mario,

Très belle fière expression de ce magnifique cardinal. Excellente netteté. Superbe lumière et couleurs vives.
Bonne soirée,


Great shot of the Cardinal Mario. I haven't actually seen one of these guys for a couple of years now, so it's good to see the occasional posting. You have this guy in a good pose, on that thin branch, giving us great visibility of great sharp detail and colour. Depth of field has been handled very well with excellent focus on the bird and a slightly muted background.

Thanks, John

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-19 3:18]
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Hi Mario

Absolutely relaxed and absolutely beautiful again! :)
Exceptional composition here and impeccable sharpness on the entire bird...i love it!
I again dicover with pleasure the same wonderful contrast between the red of the cardinal and the lovely blue of the sky in the BG.
Also, the natural light here was brilliant and it made all teh colors look gorgeous, too.
The fill-in flash is also terrific and it softens the shadows in just the right amount. One question here: how did you use a flash and managed such a short shutter speed?
Anyway, lovely work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-19 7:06]

Hola Mario.
Brillante foto. Exelente la iluminacion y la nitidez lograda aqui. Una fina pose y hermosos colores. La nota escrita es interesante para mi tambien.
Saludos mario.

Simply put, a superb picture..Thanks for sharing!!!

Hi Mario
Superb one. No doubt whatsoever. Applied the 1/3 so well. Excellent light. Everything is excellent as a matter of fact.
Thanks for sharing

Bonjour Mario,

Très belle pose et détails magnifiques, composition admirable avec la branche en diagonale! Malgré le fond un peu actif, l'oiseau se démarque bien grace au contraste des couleurs. Bien fait! Merci,


Bonjour Mario,
Il est superbe, magnifique composition il est fier , la lumière est belle, les détails et les couleurs sont excellents.

Hello Mario,
Alway a sure eye-catcher!
Many interesting details in this species, that make them a treat to my eyes...
A fine pose and a great composition, the tech quality is as always spotless!
Pablo -

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-23 19:40]

Hello Mario,
Another truly splendid image from you. The composition, colors and sharpness are all first rate, thank you Mario.

Bonsoir Mario,

Ce cardinal rouge sur la branche semble regarder vers le photographe. La prise de vue permet de distinguer avec précision les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. Le sujet est bien cadré. Bonne soirée.


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