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Cardinalis sinatus.

Cardinalis sinatus.
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, 80-200 f2.8D ED AF Nikkor+1.5X Kenko
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-08 14:04
Viewed: 4262
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gray Cardinal.

The Pyrrhuloxia is a resident of Mexico and the southern parts of the U.S. states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

The Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) is a medium-sized North American bird in the same genus as the Northern Cardinal and the Vermilion Cardinal, which is a South American species.

The most obvious differences between the male Pyrrhuloxia and the Northern Cardinal are the former's largely gray coloring with a red breast, a red rather than black mask, and a yellow parrot-like bill. The females of the two species resemble each other much more closely, but the shapes of their bills are diagnostic. The songs of the two species are identical, though the Pyrrhuloxia's is not quite as loud.

There is a sexual dimorphism in coloration. Male Cardinalis sinuatus are mainly gray with red located on the face, crest, wing, and tail The female is grayish brown, and is sometimes mistaken for a female Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis The females have red highlights on the thighs and the wing linings The bill is heavy and hooked in both the male and the female In the male, the bill is orange yellow while the female's bill is a duller yellow Both the male and female have the diagnostic tall crest on the head The juvenile Pyrrhuloxia, male or female, resembles the female except the bill is darker.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-08 14:14]

Hi Luis

A lovely pose - great detail and eye contact.


hello Luis

maybe i have forgotten but i think it is the first time i see a Gray Cardinal,
a great photo from you with fine POV, superb focus sharpness details,
beautiful catch-light and eye-contact, and very beautiful luminosity,



Hola Luis,

Excelente registro de este hermoso cardenal; una foto ideal para apreciar las características de la especie. Muy buena INFo anexa.

Buen trabajo, gracias por compartir,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-08 16:09]

Hola Primo,

A beautiful Pyrrhuloxia and a wonderful portrait. Ours don't seem as beautiful as yours - in fact, many here seem to be funny looking. Excellent colors and details of the face and plumage. I love the pose on the wire and the nice blue sky background.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-08 18:45]

Hi Luis

Actually me and bobbed-wire are not good friends at the moment. I've been scratched
rather badly in the process of capturing my latest lion posting so you'll forgive me for
pretending it is not there (chuckle). No seriously, this is a great shot of the Pyrrhuloxia
(shame, what a name to give to such a lovely bird – it sounds more like something you
would give to someone who has a runny stomach). You have captured excellent sharp
details. The colours are natural and I just love the highlight in the eye. The BG showing
the gorgeous blue sky made the bird stand out handsomely.

Well done and TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-08 22:09]

Hello Luis
What a beautiful capture of the cardinal! Natural colors, great details and sharp details

Hello Luis,
Great shot with exceptional sharpness and superb details. The colours are wonderful and also the composition. Very good light and lovely background.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-08 23:40]

Hi Luis,
Excellent capture against blue sky.POV,sharpness,colors,catchlight in eyes and clear details are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

great sharp portrait, TFS Ori

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-09 1:34]

Hola Luis,
Excelente macro.
Una captura muy bien. Los detalles finos con los colores de gran felicitación.
Deseo un día maravilloso,

Ciao Luis,
una fantastica cattura di Cardinalis sinuatus, eccellente nitidezza e bellissima luce con lo sfondo del cielo, una piacevolissima composizione con la magnifica posa di questo splendido uccello.
Grazie e complimenti
Buen fin de semana
Ciao Maurizio

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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 1:39]

Hello Luis,
Excellent photo of this cardinal in great sharpness and details. Beautiful warm colours. Good POV, composition and eye-contact.
Good weekend,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-01-09 2:34]

Merhaba Luis,
arka alan, keskinlik ve renkler..hepsi da harika olmuş.

Ciao Luis, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose against beautiful blue sky, lovely capture with wonderful details, great natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello luis,
Excellent capture of the Gray cardinal.Very sharp and good details in the plumage.well exposed and lovely light.
Thanks and regards,

We saw a lot of these in Kauai, Hawaii. (Introduced species)
Great & detailed presentation, indeed.
Looks like it was "posing" just for you.
It's even "inviting" you with its direct look into your camera.
Mario from Canada with friendly greetings.

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