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The Elusive Mr. Cardinal

The Elusive Mr. Cardinal
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Copyright: Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 200-500 DI
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-29 18:53
Viewed: 6964
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, I'm back in Denmark after a delicious trip across the pond to the US of A and two great outings with Lesley [THANK YOU FOR YOUR HOSPITALITY!!]. Here was I thinking, that beautiful red cardinals would be greeting me from every corner, but I learnt otherwise. For the first few days - despite several outings to the Marblehead Bird Sanctuary situated just down the road from my cousin's house - I saw only a few fleeting, tantalizing glimpses of this beauty. He just would not pose for a photo.
My luck changed somewhat, however, when my relatives took me over the harbour to Marblehead proper for a visit to Old Burial Hill. Just across the street from OBH is a small park called Fountain Park, situated on a rocky hill overlooking the harbour. And this is where we ended up after strolling around the graveyard. My relatives sat down to relax and enjoy the sun (they're 85 and 82 years old respectively ;-)). For my part I started looking around for some feathered friends. I didn't have to look very hard before I spotted a pair of mourning doves taking it easy in a hollow by a small waterhole. I sat down on the edge of the hollow, whipped out "Big Mr. Tamron" and forgot the world around me while I tried to get some shots in. After a good while and loads of photos a red streak shot through the air. Cardinal! He disappeared, but emerged again a little later, flew down to the waterhole to get a drink. I started shooting at my new target. I got 6 shots, then the camera reported "Card full"... The spare cards were in my backpack, the backpack on my back - closed. I edged the backpack off and started rummaging in it with a hand behind my back - didn't dare wriggle too much. Mr. Cardinal hopped into the water and started splashing around to his heart's content. I finally got the card out and started changing cards. Mr. Cardinal was still splashing merrily. I turned the camera back on and prepared to focus once more and... Mr. Cardinal shot off like a rocket. I do assure you, I distinctly heard him LAUGHING as he went!!

The Red Cardinal or "Redbird" is one of the most popular visitors to backyard bird feeders.
Its range extends over most of the eastern USA, parts of extreme southeastern Canada, and south through Mexico to Belize.

Cardinals are aggressive birds that occupy teritories year-round. They mainly eat seeds, but in the breeding seson insects are eaten as well. During winter these birds often come to feeders. Cardinals can live up to 15 years in the wild.

Adult Male Cardinal is bright red with crest, black face and red bill. Adult Female Cardinal is buff-brown tinged with red on crest,wings and tail. The face is black and the bill is orange.
Both male and female sing equally beautifull and can be heard year round.
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Treatment: Crop, saturation +10, brightness +10, contrast +10, USM and resize.

mogens-j, Alan_Kolnik, marhowie, Luc, TAZ, PDP, AndyB, coasties, wideload, Callie, Fisher, gerhardt, hummingbird24, wgreis, Robbrown, roconnell has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To paulbright: 500mm hand heldmilloup 1 07-20 10:32
To wgreis: No hay problemasmilloup 1 06-03 05:19
To hummingbird24: Cardinals' clubmilloup 1 06-02 17:30
To marhowie: the land of the free etc.milloup 1 05-30 07:07
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Nice to have you back and what a trip - I am really looking forward to see your shots from over there.

This is a real beauty, well exposed and well deserved with all the back-pack trouble - remember, always have the spare cards where you can reach them in a hurry. Lots of details, amazing colours. Well done and tfs.

A good shot of one of these attractive birds. They are very hard to photograph, as you found out, since they fly off at the first sign of anyone approaching. Good use of your 500 mm lens!!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-29 22:35]

Hello Bente. I am happy to see your works again!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: what a story. Particulary: "...forgot the world around me while I tried to get some shots in..." and the end ;-)
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a great week!

Bente, thius is very nice shot like meny yours.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-30 2:26]

Hi Bente, glad to see you back and glad that you had such a good time across the water. I loved your story about how you got the shot, some aspects strike a familar chord with my experiences :-).

The photo is very good. I like the pose and the details and colours are great. I also like the blades of grass in the foreground, they give a good sense of depth. Very well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-30 2:52]

A very nice capture Bente,
A beautiful bird with great colours and superb detail.
Excellent work,I'm pleased you had a great trip.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-30 3:06]

Very good POV of this cardinal. He does look like he has a glint in his eyes. Sharp details and good light. Good compositionn too. Well done. TFS, Bente. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-30 3:45]

Un bel oiseau bien mis en valeur par cette composition photographique agréable. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue.
Nice to see your photo again !

Hello Bente
Welcome back. I bet you had a marvelous time. Wonderful shot of this beautiful bird. I would love to see a Cardinal for myself. Very good detail and the catchlight in the eye is superb. Thanks for this awesome shot. :-)

Hello Bente! Great action captured with excellent details, pose, DOF, colors and sharpness. Perfect saturation of the red.
Sounds like you had a great time in the U.S. So what do you think of the land of the free and the home of the brave?? ;-)) Great work!

A fine capture Bente, vibrant colour and good detail, well taken.

Run late upgrade tomorrow. It's good to be back!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-30 13:40]

Hi Bente
Good to see ya back on TN, and posting. This was the first N AM bird I really got to know, because I was thick enough to think they were found here. I bought a cramic image of one looking nearly like yors here, and because they were avertising handmade ceramics of SA birds, I bought it and then began searching for it. This was years ago, before I got into birdwatching. I'm sorry you had less than top weather in USA. ANd yes, I must have more than 100 roller pics by now. Maybe time to post some on TN too.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-30 15:07]

Excelent capture of Mr. C.
Glad that you had the oportunity to capture this beautiful bird. This bird wakes me up every morning along with many others. Loud, but nice to hear.
Excelent composition.


They do that, laugh at you. Not only this species but most wild birds and animals when you did not get the shot you wanted. Even sometimes when I download files to my computer and the one I though was gonna be perfect... I can hear their laughter in the distance. :)

So glad you got it this good. You had to bend the legs for this POV. Very nice capture Bente.

Ohhhh, I am red with envy at this photo of this exquisite cardinal, Bente!
He is perfect in every detail, how wonderfully you have captured him in this composition!!!
Congratulations and thank you.

BTW, they have a club that they all hang out in, where they laugh like crazy at all of us!!
I'm certain of it ;-)

Great story!

Olá Bente,
permita-me escrever em português (espero que você tenha um tradutor), pois meu inglês não é tão bom para que eu possa escrever todas estas palavras. Você colocou recentemente a foto deste Cardeal e eu simplesmente amei. Lindo pássaro. E a qualidade da imagem obtida é fantástica. O contraste das cores também é marcante. Ainda aprendo a fazer igual.

Great to have you back on site Bente, the visit over the pond seems to have been a great success.
This image seems superb,the colour, the action and POV are all well seen, the notes as allways very informative.

All that patience paid off. This is a marvelous view of a beautiful cardinal. More to be appreciated after reading your note. So often this bird is captured in the trees, its great to see it in a water setting.

Very nice colours, good lighting. Well done!

excellent capture! I can see you are using 1/200s, did you use a tripod?

Hello Bente,

Very good picture of a cardinal.Amazing colors,perfect composition with great details.
Good work.TFS

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