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Lookin for Love

Lookin for Love
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L IS USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-20 12:20
Viewed: 3477
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot from San Angelo Sate Park. It is one of my favorite places to visit. When I took this the sun was moving behind the subject and I soon had to leave because it was setting to fast to get anymore good shots. I am still playing with this style of frame, I find it really fun to do because you get a different result every time. I don't normally like frames but it is just to much fun to resist. Hope you like it.

About Female Cardinals

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.


Cuckooroller has correctly identified our friend here as a Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus. Pyrrhuloxia are easy to mistake for cardinals to the untrained eye, but once you know what your looking for it's quite simple.

From the web:
Two species of cardinal are found here in Texas, the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) and the Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus). Pyrrhuloxias are a type of desert cardinal found in southern Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas and throughout much of Mexico, mainly in desert scrub and brushy areas.

Both male and female Pyrrhuloxias have red-tipped, pointed crests and broad, hooked, yellowish bills, but the sexes are easily distinguished because the males are more extensively marked with red.

Female Pyrrhuloxias are much less red and are more of a brown-gray color unlike the pure gray males.

Female Pyrrhuloxias look quite similar to female Northern Cardinals, but they are easy to tell apart because Northern Cardinals have red bills and Pyrrhuloxias have yellow ones.

From: http://fireflyforest.net

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very nice portrait, the frame is too busy to my opinion, TFS Ori

Hi Billy,
splendid shot for a splendid bird, I have never see this one before ,
excellent focus with many detailsn wonderfull lighting and splendid colors, I like especialy the fantastic background,

Hi Billy,
This is a good picture of this nice lady that you exposed pretty well in those difficult conditions. Her beak is looking different from the one I see here... I love those birds a lot and I have the chance to see them everyday but those ladies are not easy to approach... Thanks,

Hello Billy,
This is a beautiful view of the bird. Nice pose on the rock against the clear background. The back lit is very well managed to give the detailed view of the feather. Good details and natural color. I like it.
Have a nice day.
Best regards,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-21 0:47]

hello Billy,
one beautiful cardinal captured nicelly and in great pose, nice details and colors
I think that the frame is to emphasised
best regards, Dejan

We should introduce her to my young fellow! He is quite the charmer. :)
Lovely shot - interesting frame. I love the pose and composition here. I guess the pose would be considered dynamic - almost like she's stepping forward. Cool!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-21 6:11]

Hello Billy,
Splendid image showing this female and her strikingly different colored plummage. Your capture has sharp details and great color in a nice composition. I like the raised crest alot and the background being blurred. Thank you Billy.

Hi Billy,

Nice photo!

Not a female Cardinal!! The reasons: bill wrong both in conformation and color; no incipient black bib; no reddish wash on breast; too little extension of reddish wash on to the wing coverts.

This is an adult female Cardinalis sinuatus (Pyrrhuloxia).

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-21 8:34]

Hi Billy.
You have shared a true masterpiece. All is not perfectly. It is charming, beautiful and artistic. Great scene, amazing and pleasant for look delicate colour palette, excellent DOF and combination of sharp main object and blurred BG. You have decorated your image perfectly. My compliments.

Hello Billy
This is a great shot..The light is just spot on illuminating this lovely cardinal perfectly...Ahem!!..I can see you had fun with frame and thats what is all about..But for me it has the look of a cheap kitchen unit!!..(I hope this doesnt offend and is meant light heartedly)
Top Shot superbly taken
Tfs and All the Best To You

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-21 10:08]

Hello Billy,
Wonderful presentation of this cardinal, great POV
wonderful composition and sharpness.. Well done


Hello Billy, this is a lovely profile shot with a great pose and the rocks help the composition. I do prefer it to branches, the bg is beautiful, the backlight isn't so wonderful but youve got some light reflected from the rock which help to illuminate the bird as a reflector. V.nice work. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-22 6:05]

Hi Billy, I have missed that picture, it is almost a monochrome picture, I like that. The backlight gives a very nice effect to the bird and its pose is one of a peaceful warrior! Thanks,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-22 10:05]

Hello Billy

A lovely and exotic looking bird.
My only experience with them is from here on TN.This is well captured with lovely lighting.
The details are excellent with very good plumage detail.
The overall pallette of colours is lovely.
Great job.


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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-22 16:29]

Hi Billy,

I like the tone of this image and you did a good job having the back light. Good details in the feathers and you've captured this female cardinal in a very elegant pose. Well done!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-24 20:51]

Hi Billy,

I really like this shot of Lady Pyrrhuloxia. I have never seen one pose like this. Very nice soft colors and nice details. I love the background.


Hey Billy;
Oops looks like I missed this one as well mate, nice shot of this Cardinal, very proud looking bird, lovely colours and well framed, love that bit of back lighting on top of the head, really stands out well against the soft background, nice work, Cheers Rick :) Pts will follow as mentioned before :o)

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2008-02-07 7:00]

Hi Billy
Good and proud pose of the bird.
Shade on the wrong side, but as you said, the birds as a rule do not take into account the position of the sun and of the photographer, things that makes bird photography so interesting and exciting.
A ver good qualiy overall.
Have a good WE

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