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Coy Pose

Coy Pose
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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: 2009-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-08 7:34
Viewed: 3201
Points: 50
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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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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-01-08 7:45]

Hi jane,
Red-haired bird ... Northern Cardinal
Beautiful exposure, color and detail and composition, very nice
Best wishes,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-08 7:45]

Hi Jane,
Nice picture. Interesting composition.
Nice macro, congratulations.
Have a wonderful day,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-08 8:13]

Hello Jane,
Another very fine capture of the cute Cardinal looking down at you. Great focus and details and beautiful light and colours. Can I see clouds in the background??
TFS and cheers, Ulla

hello Jane,
face to face fine photo, another beautiful pose, nice output to!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Jane,
another fantastic capture of the Northern Cardinal, the BG is splendid like a impressionist painting, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and composition with a lovely pose of this graceful bird
Best regards

Hello Jane,

A great close-up shot of this male Northern Cardinal with beautiful colors, pose & POV. Great details of feathers/plumage & that tuft on its head. Well done & presented. TFS & best wishes.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-08 11:45]

Hi Jane. A fine pose from the Red carinal. Taken with fine detail in the feathers. All wit hnatural looking colours. Well taken TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6573 W: 89 N: 15657] (65479)
  • [2010-01-08 12:37]

Hi Jane,the hair of this cardinal attracting my attention for the second time...but not only that,the pose and the composition are another time very very nice.Great colors and sharpness too.Have a nice day and thanks! LUCIANO

Hello Jane,
Another excellent shot of a cardinal in lovely pose.
TFS and regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-08 13:30]

Hello Jane.
Very nice capture of this beautiful cardinal, the POV is fantastic with an excellent overall exposure.Best regards Siggi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-08 13:53]

Hi Jane

As you say - great pose - good detail and composition


Poor wi-fi signal

hello Jane

beautiful pose of Lady Northern Cardinal, fine forntal POV,
superb focus sharpness and details, and what a wonderful eye-contact,



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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-08 15:25]

Hello Jane,
Splendid shot of this beauty in a lovely pose.
Details and composition are perfect.
TFS and G's,

Hi Jane,

I like this photo much as the other (posted by you at Jan 04-10), it appears to have some additional exposure, but is taken equal to f/5 and 1/80s. It's extrange, but this background is less blurring and there are some additional elements, like those birds down out of focus, complementing well the photo.

Good work, thanks for sharing.



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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-08 16:01]

Hi Jane,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,pose of bird,eye contact,simple BG and composition a lot.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting..

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-08 19:18]
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Hello Jane,
Another nice shot of this pretty little lady who seems to have a curious look on her face. I just can't get over how high the crest is on your cardinals, compared to the ones I see around here. Good detail and natural colors with just the right exposure.


Stunning and flawless capture of this male cardinal from excellent POV with great details, great DOF and delightful composition. Its pose just adorable Sis!
Thanks for sharing this impressive shot.
Have a nice WE!


Ciao Jane, lovely vertical composition with beutiful cardinal in nice pose against a lovely blurry BG, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Jane,

One of my favorite birds from the past.
Good pov and details with fine natural colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-09 2:08]

Hallo Jane,
Very nice photo of this cardinal in a cute pose. Excellent sharpness, details and frontal POV. Beautiful natural colours. Good composition and DOF with these sparrows in the BG.
Good weekend,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-09 3:39]

Hello Jane,
A coy pose indeed!
Nicely captured as your female Cardinal visitor cocks her head. The ligting, sharpness, composition and Bg are excellent and contribute to a fine image.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hello Jane,
Lovely capture of the Red Cardinal.Excellent POV, details and colours.It looks very curious.:)
Thanks and regards,

Hello Jane
nice to see again very beautiful Cardinal. In this time, it looks very curious. I think he looks for some eatable things.
you nicely captured it with sharp focus, nice POV and composition. Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my posts. I am very pleasure.
have a nice week and best regards

Nice detail Jane, love the inquisitive pose.
Good use of the light with great color..like that bit of catch-light too :)
Happy New Year my friend!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-18 19:22]

Hello Jane,
This guy is being a bit of a showman, displaying that great crest and being cocky in my opinion. Splendid image my friend thank you for sharing.

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