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.