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Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-22 8:14
Viewed: 2745
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Between the continuous heat, the new puppy, and problems with my legs I haven't taken many pictures lately. One or two butterflies and nothing else but our year round resident grey birds have been around for months. Therefore I have dug into my archives for the bird I miss the most.

Northern Cardinal

The male Northern Cardinal is unmistakable. It is bright red with crest, a black face and stout red bill. The female is a light brown edged with red on the crest, wings and tail. This is our only crested bird with a conical beak except for in parts of the Southwest, where it is replaced by the Pyrrhuloxia. Length: 8 to 9 inches (20-23 cm).

The Cardinal feeds on grape, holly, blackberry, wild seeds and many kinds of insects. Feeding mainly on the ground in the open and nesting in thickets, the Northern Cardinal is well suited to garden areas. Nonmigratory, it stays around bird feeders even in the snowy winters of southern Canada and the northeastern states, but it does best where winters are milder. They frequent woodland edges, thickets, brushy swamps and garden suburbs.The voice is a rich what-cheer, cheer, cheer; purty-purty-purty-purty or sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet.

Three or four pale greenish blue eggs (1.0 x .7 inch) spotted with reddish brown are laid in a nest made of twigs, rootlets, strips of bark and lined with grasses and rootlets in thick bushes or vines 2-10 feet high. Rarely up to 30 feet.

The Cardinal is a resident in the eastern United States and southern Canada south to the Gulf Coast, and from southern California, Arizona and southern Texas southward.

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The red actually stands out so well against the blue sky, Sis!
Very well composed shot!

hello Jane
nice composition with beautiful colours
and good details
greeting lou

Hello Jane,
a beautiful picture of a male Northern Cardinal taken from an excellent POV, the bright colours are fantastic, a pleasing composition with a lovely pose of this splendid bird.
Best regards

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-22 9:39]

Hi Jane,

Excellent capture. Parrots are among my favorite birds.
Have a beautiful day,

Hello Jane,

A beautiful capture of this male Cardinal with striking red coloration & details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS.

Best Wishes


Hi Sister Jane,

A lovely capture of this beautiful Northern cardinal.
Nicely captured between greeen branches with fine composition.
TFS and cheers,


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-22 10:09]

Hi Jane, Nice to see this colourful Male cardinal from the spring. I do like the way their head feathers stand up . Taken with fine detai land bright colours. Well done TFS.

Hello Jane,
Beautiful shot of Northern Cardinal. Very well composed with perfect luminosity, POV & sharpness against a clear blue sky. TFS

Hello Jane..
Lovely shot of this red beauty.. nice composition whit an attractive POV..
Well done!
Best Regards

hello Jane

soon, in december - january i will start to see them again
these beautiful red birds and try again in-flight shots,
this is exactly your style of photo Jane with the high POV
here i love the way your framed with leaving avery good
space infront of the bird, i love the contrast between
the sky's ble and the cardinal's red, the catch-light
render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-09-22 12:32]

Hello Jane, fine shot of this beautiful male cardinal with excellent composition.
TFS and R's,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-22 13:14]

Hi Janice,just a little overfocus the bird...but the contrast between the red and the blue is fantastic,a intelligent point of view for a best result as possible in composition.I hope the best for your legs....have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Jane,
sorry to hear about your legs, I hope not to serious problems?
This one from your archive are very fine coloured, the red , green and blue sky makes tis a pleasant picture.

  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-22 23:01]

Hello Jane,
This is beautiful bird and very well captured,
perfect exposure and very good lighting,
nicely composed with excellent presentation.
Thanks for sharing!Best regards Siggi

hello Jane
As I know, this is a common species North America and maybe ordinary for most people, but one of my dream species. It is very pretty and beautiful with red plumage. you greatly capture it on green leaved branches. focus, composition and coloration very nice. thanks for sharing this beauty

hello Jane
exceptional composition,the twigs, the colour of background the opposition with the mainly subject, very good output and photo
TFS thanks for sharing

Ciao Jane, beautiful bird in a lovely composition with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Jane,

Excellent capture of this Cardinal with suerb red colors. Good POV and BG. Well done. TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-26 6:32]

Hi Jane,
the bird stands out excellently against the green and the blue. well seen and the pose is pretty too.
The eye shines as it reflects the light.
Nice composition.


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