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Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Masterpiece in Nature-Photography! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-27 5:44
Viewed: 2825
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tufted Titmouse-A little gray bird with an echoing voice, the Tufted Titmouse is common in eastern deciduous forests and a frequent visitor to feeders. The large black eyes, small, round bill, and brushy crest gives these birds a quiet but eager expression that matches the way they flit through canopies, hang from twig-ends, and drop in to bird feeders. When a titmouse finds a large seed, you’ll see it carry the prize to a perch and crack it with sharp whacks of its stout bill.

Northern Cardinal-The northern cardinal is so well loved that it has been named the official bird of no fewer than seven U.S. states. Bright red cardinals are easily identified by even casual bird watchers, and are often seen frequenting backyards and bird feeders. When foraging elsewhere the birds eat insects, seeds, grain, fruit, and sap.

Cardinals, also called "redbirds," do not migrate and have traditionally been more common in warmer climes such as the U.S. southeast. However, in recent decades they have expanded their common range north through the United States and even into Canada. This population growth may be due to an increase in winter birdfeeders and to the bird's ability to adapt to parks and suburban human habitats.

Only males sport the brilliant red plumage for which their species is known. The color is a key to mating success—the brighter the better. Females are an attractive tan/gray.

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Hi Bill,

Excellent study of these tow bird, great focus showing very good detail and nice catch-lights in the eyes. Good colours and a pleasing oof bg.
Thanks for sharing, regards Bill.

Ciao Bill, lovely couple in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Lovely Picture with 2 birds,the diffused BG makes these gems stand out and the colors are good. The catch light adds life to the image
Goutham R

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-27 7:34]

Hello Bill,
Excellent photo of these birds. Both are sharp and in a nice pose. Beautiful colours and a fine blurred background. Attractive poses and a great composition.

Hello Bill,
great shot of these birds with excellent sharpness and lovely details. I especially like the way the Cardinal looks at the Titmouse. I also like the beautiful colours, the splendid light and the nicely blurred background. A wonderful picture. Congratulations!
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-27 8:49]

Hi Bill,magnificent duo,not easy to meet and taken whit a spectacular quality of details and colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Bill.
Splendida cattura di questi due simpatici uccellini ben fotografati con un’ottima nitidezza splendidi colori molto bella la composizione mi piace proprio complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Fantastic photo Bill! The composition, the BG, the colors and the sharpness are excellent!

amazing and original pair, TFS Ori

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-06-27 11:55]

Hi Bill,
Lovely Picture with moment captured. Perfect colours
good composition and details. Excellent background.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Bill,
This is a truly beautiful photo.Congratulations!
Thank you for sharing it.
Kind regards

Hi Bill,
really nice birds. Perfect point of view. Nice colours. Very good photo.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Bill
Excellent shot!Wonderful composition,colours and details.Congrats!
Thank You
Best regards

A perfect shot for a card Bill. I'm guessing the tripod is what helped make this an exceptionaly clear shot. The birds jump right out at you with great colours. You've framed it well. Both very beautiful birds. TFS Trevor

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-06-27 15:01]

A real eyecatcher Bill,
Two for the price of one, and both in fine focus and showing great DOF. Awesome detail and beautiful coloration. Love the blurred BG and catchlight in their eyes. Great work!!

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-27 21:43]

Hello Bill,
That is an exquisite capture ! Lovely composition and fantastic details and focus on the both birds ! Natural colors and nice BG ! TFS Tina

this is a beautiful photograph, Bill. how comes i missed it! such a great clarity, good sharpness, excellent POV.. and a splendid mood that you have captured. good job, Bill. well done. but the most important part of this photograph is getting these two birds together! as if some conversations were going on.. good DoF & a suitable BG. loved the catch-light in those eyes.
flawless! good output from your 7D.
happy birding :)


PS: the compliment goes mainly for the rarity of the moment & the delicate mood that was so perfectly captured.

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