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Northen Cardinal

Northen Cardinal
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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: 2007-10-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-15 8:49
Viewed: 3616
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A portrait of a Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis, 19-23 cm) shot in the garden.

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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Hi, Mario...stunning feather detail and character portrayal of this beautiful bird...and such good information!!!!thank you...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-15 9:27]

Hi mario. First thanks for the interesting notes on the bird. what a colourful one it is. you have captured a nice pose with your sharp focusing and fine detail. rich colours. with a good POV against the dark background. well done TFS.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-15 9:35]

Very bright bird. Nice detail and sharp, good composition.

Bonjour Mario,
A very nice close-up of this beautiful red passerine. A very expressive shot and looks fantastic on that pitch black background. Well done. :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-15 11:10]

Hello Mario,
Superb sharpness in this Northern Cardinal portrait and I like the pose and POV. Great lighting, colors, contrasting BG and details helped by the flash.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi, Mario.
Nice bird. Excellent sharpness, colors and details. Like black BG here.

bonjour mario
c'est incroyable,on dirait que les oiseaux sont pres a rentrer dans votre objectif!!!
c'est tout simplement une petite merveille,je peux tenter de rivaliser avec un oiseau bleu pour remplager votre geai bleu mais pour ce qui est du rouge...je ne vois pas.
bravo et merci

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-10-15 12:15]

Mario, a cute and beautiful one.

Excellent sharpness, catchlight, pov and composition. I also enjoy the dark bg.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-15 12:34]

Hi Mario,

An excellent portrait with great sharpness and details,with good use of the fillflash


Bonjour Mario, je ne peut qu'admirer ton travail une fois de plus, comme dirait mon vieu pote italien: ma tou ai oune monstro !!!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-15 13:21]

Hello Mario,
Marvelous sharp portret of this Cardinal. I'm jealous at your feeder. It attracs such a beautiful birds. Your photo has perfect sharpness and focus. Very nice pose and POV. Great colours.

Bonsoir Mario,
Une excellent prise de vue de ce gentil Cardinal, quel merveilleux détails dans ta composition , excellent point de vue et belle nettetée, jolies couleurs et lumière, Supers TFS,

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-10-15 16:48]

Salut Mario,
Belle photo du cardinal. Tu as de beaux visiteurs dans ton jardin! Les couleurs et la composition est excellente. Il est rare de voire autan de détails du plumage.
Merci, Roger

Very crisp. Beautiful DOF brings out the colour and detail.
Well done

salut Mario

le rouge et le noir vont très bien ensemble
et photo le démontre très bien

quelle superbe pose et expression du regard
et quelle sperbe netteté et détails du sujet

j'aimes également le POV et le cadrage



Hi Mario,
This is excellent. Amazing vivid colors and tack sharp detail in the plumage. I like the composition and crop here.
Great camera work.

hello mario,
another lovely capture from you, the dark bg looks great here, nice lighting, lovely pose and eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-15 23:28]

Hi Mario,
Another lovely photo of this cute bird. Colors, contrast, pose you captured and details are very good.TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Mario,
very nice pose of this cuttie!
perfect exposure and focus which is spot on!
sharpness, vivid colour and superb details always
well done and well composed

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-16 1:08]

Hi Mario,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot. Superbly done. Wish I could write a few more words, pity my net problem does not allow that. Sorry.
TFS this awesome shot.

Une pure photo de studio avec un modèle de grande classe et un photographe très pro ( jusque dans ce filet de rouge dans le cadre qui "finit" merveilleusement bien l'image)
Merci, merci


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-16 2:15]

Hola Mario,
un bello modelo,
precioso color y pov,
plumaje y textura perfecta,

Bonjour Mario,

Une bonne prise de vue de ce cardinal, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-16 5:59]

Salut Mario
Tres beau portrait.Comme toujours l'image est claire et nette avec de tres beau détails.Les couleurs sont également tres belle.J'aime bien la couleur de l'arriere plan qui fait ressortir ton sujet.
Merci et a bientot j'espere pour une autre sortie.

Another of your fine bird captures. This is also among my favorites, as it was and is my home state bird. You show it in all of it's true Cardinal Red glory. The Cardinal is perhaps one of the most photographed birds, yet you make your image stick out from the pack by your intuitive knowing of when to click the shutter release.

Salut Mario,
Autre excellent postrait de ce Cardinal. Superbe netteté. Les détails dans son oeil sont surprenants! On peut quasiment distinguer l'envoronnement autour... :-) Très beaux détails des plumes.


Hello Mario,
"I'm red and I'm beautiful!"
Excellent portrait with fine details, the plumage is expertly reproduced...
A well composed presentation!
Pablo -

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-16 10:16]

Hi Mario,

Cardinals are always beautiful but this one has character! I love the pose and the expression on his face. Excellent colors and details. The feathers are superb.


Impressionnant comme gros plan tous les détails y sont, la lumière dans l'oeil est superbe, quelle netteté. à quel distance étais-tu?

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