Northern Cardinal (Two Photographs)

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Male cardinals are quite common where I shoot, the females are much more wary and skittish. The best time to shoot them is when they are having or have had a feast of berries. The colors of the cardinal vary with the season, this one may be molting. They are wonderful songbirds and whenever I see a cardinal, male or female it picks up my spirits. These birds tend to be in the bush in dark surroundings, which leads to a high ISO and some noise issues, sharpening needs to be carefully applied. People are often reluctant to shoot birds too far in the bush because of the backgrounds, the lack of light etc. But it’s worth a try if you think you can process the results.


7 responses

  1. Beautiful shots of this wonderful bird


    February 23, 2017 at 6:52 am

  2. I have males and females all over my yard and both are equally skittish. In the 2 years since I have started photography I think I have gotten 1 usable image of a male. They really do like to hide deep in bushes.

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    February 23, 2017 at 8:11 am

  3. Could be a male juvenile. Like flamingoes, their plumage varies by diet. The redder the fruit, the better color for the male to attract a female.
    I love seeing that bright dot of red in the winter landscape, esp. against evergreens. They really lift the spirit!

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    February 23, 2017 at 7:07 pm

  4. My favorite bird as a child in NJ. Great shots, Victor.

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    February 23, 2017 at 11:56 pm

  5. Some fantastic pictures. Outstanding colours.

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    April 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

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