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My lively Cardinal

My lively Cardinal
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-28 6:40
Viewed: 2874
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm proud of this shot. I don't do birds often but I've decided to branch out..no pun intended.

This cardinal has to be the same guy who hung around last year. He has an obsession with my car...attacking the mirror and pooping on the door. That's ok - he's pretty enough to get away with it.
From All About Birds
Northern Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis

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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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-28 6:58]

Hi Angelina. |This is a very nice pose of the Red coloured Cardinal. very good timing to get the wing open. you have very good detail and rich bright colours. a nice POV/DOF well done TFS. good note too.

Dear Angy
Excellent shot of this Red Cardinal,
Perfect details,exposure and BG,Welldone.


Hi Angelina,
Beautiful action shot of this cardinal. Good focus and framing, nice colors also
thank you

Hello Angelina,
I have seen this behavior before. They think that there is a rival in the mirror; this is such a funny comportment. I like the timing of this capture with this nice movement. I would have composed it a little less centered but it is still a nice picture and good moment caught :) Thanks,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-10-28 7:49]

Great pose and a very nice picture!
My mother-in-law has a cardinal that constantly attacks the windows at her house. I wonder what it is with these colorful guys?
Ah, I found the answer in your note: * 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.
Maybe that's where the saying: "bird brained" came from...;-)

This is a winner ladies and gentleman and you may now pick any prize on the bottom row...roughly borrowed from Steve Martins "The Jerk"...

The Cardinal, as Mario from Quebec will tell you, is a favorite of mine. And so are you and Happy Birthday to your husband Barry..and congratulations on your anniversary tomorrow.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-28 8:48]

Hello Angelina,
That's great, I've heard of our Great Tits behaving in the same way. Nice capture in beautiful light and the open wing looks lovely. I could think of a better background, but there we are, it's a nice shot anyway showing the weird behaviour of a bird.
TFS and all the best, Ulla

Hello Angy,
It's a good shot for you to proud of, indeed!
good clarity with beautiful colour and details
the exposure and focus is spot on!
well done, Angy!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-28 11:05]

Hello Angelina
Excellent presentation of that cardinal.Sharp image whit nice details and lovely colors.I like the pose you had capture your subject in.
Good work and TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-28 11:18]

Hi Angy,

Wow - what timing to get this Cardinal with the wing open. It is a great pose. Congratulations on capturing this.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-28 12:27]

Hi Caroline.
Amazing picture of this beautiful bird and so interesting circumstances of its taking. Wonderful pose of the bird and scenery at whole, great timing and fine colours, perfect DOF and sharpness of the main subject. Bravo and TF.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-28 13:21]

Congratulations on this bloooooomin' good shot!!!
The action and pose is outstanding.
+++ Perfect timing to capture this brightly coloured bird with its wings out, ready to take off.
Vivid colours and perfect lighting that allowed you a high shutter speed to capture this bird with excellent sharpness and detail.
The DOF is very good aswell.
Well composed and a good POV. Great notes.
--- Nothing at all :)
Well done on this original and excellent shot!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-28 15:52]

Hi Angelina

Wondeful view and capture. The exposure is really good.



wow Angelina

this is the kind of picture that i like very much,
if this cardinal was on a tree branch with this position
the wings opened ready to fly it ws automaticaly on my favorites,

the focus it is excellent and the colors wonderful
thank's for sharing this photo Angelina


Hi Angelina...
Your comment gave me a good laugh.
I am glad you may start doing some birds.
Especially if they are as good of action shots like this.
As much as a mirror is not always the best of perches, your wing action and the lighting are fantastic.
This sure is a pretty bird.
Hope it will land in some trees for you.
Enjoy your week.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-29 3:03]

Hi Angelina,
Wonderful shot and you have freezed a splendid moment. Great lighting, exposure, sharpness and colours. I like the motion blur on the wings and their position - shows a fine perspective view. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-29 16:04]

selam friend; Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are lovely.
well done
TFS ridvan

You have every reason to be proud of this shot - it's plain gorgeous! Great action capture! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-30 8:12]

Wonderful moment!
Great colours, details and composition -- excellent timing

Hello Angelina,
I like this pose, it is wonderful!
Macro work is well done, with great details in the bird and a fine blurry background to enhance the subject...
Very attractive colours of course, and a lovely composition!
Pablo -

Hi Angelina.
Great shot of the Cardinal,great timing to get him with his wings open.Wonderful colours,detail and sharpness with a nice composition.

Hello my 'crazy' friend, Angelina,
Sorry I've been away so long. I had "good" reasons with a CAPITAL "S". REASONS.
Anyway, this is another OUTSTANDING image.
Loved your notes.
I 'owned' one of these when I lived in Ontario. Great singer.
Warm and friendly regards,

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