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Dinner For Two

Dinner For Two
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-10 8:06
Viewed: 2921
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first time I have been able to capture both male and female Northern Cardinals together. Maybe one day I'll be lucky and get a shot without a feeder!

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinals are a medium-sized songbird (approximately 8.75 inches in length) with short, rounded wings, a long tail, a heavy conical bill, and a crest. Males are nearly all brilliant red; brownish-gray-tinged scapular and back feathers give the upper parts a less colorful appearance. The coral red bill is surrounded by a mask of black that extends to a dark eye and includes the chin and throat. Legs and feet are dark red.

The female is soft grayish brown on the back with variable areas of red on the tail, crest, and wings. The underparts are a warm pinkish brown. Her coral red bill is also surrounded by darker but not black feathers, so her mask is not as distinct as the male's. Females are slightly smaller than males.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-04-10 8:15]

Hi Jane
What a great pair of Northern Cardinal.
Colors and details are perfect!
Congratulation for this beauty!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-10 8:28]

Hello Jane,
Despite the feeder, it is nice to see both sexes of the Northern Cardinal together, the POV, lighting, colors and sharpness adding quality to the image.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hello Jane,
A great shot of Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal, it's a special treat getting both in one frame. I love their contrasting colors and high head crest. It looks like you are getting a lot of sun at the moment. We have sun today but it is in the low forties...burrrrr.
I am babysitting the grand kids this morning and have been watching a pair of cardinals at the feeder since sunrise.

Ciao Jane, beautiful composition with lovely couple of Northen cardinal against a wonderful blurry BG, fantastic colors, good details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-04-10 8:51]

Hola Prima.
So nice to have a pair of Cardinals together
Please send some down to here, they are always welcome.
Lovely colors on feathers and great light.
TFS and nave a nice WE
Your cousin

Hi Jane,

This is a great shot of these lovely brightly coloured birds.
The detail on their feathers is very good and the colours stand out well against the feeder.
The nice blurred grey background also helps the birds stand out.
Great capture and TFS


Hello Jane,
a fantastic capture of this pair of the Northen Cardinal, superb sharpness and lighting, bright colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

hello Jane
very nice and sharpness composition with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

hello Jane

WOW ! whata lovely and romantic dinner photo
of this lovely couple of Northern Cardinals,
fine POV at thei level, fine focus sharpness details,
beautiful glance of Miss Cardinal on you, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-10 12:19]

Hello Jane,
a nice moment caught at the right time. Some nice colors with good focus and detail. Stands out nicely against the background. Thanks.Best regards Siggi

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2010-04-10 13:04]

Hi Jane !
Super picture of two cardinals, great colours, POV and background.
I am greeting Slawek

Hi Jane,
That pair of husbands more elegant! Superb light, perfect POV and great details. I really envy (in a healthy way) you have these birds in your backyard MF! How lucky you are! Greetings, thanks for sharing, have a happy Sunday! Jesús

A fantastic capture of this cardinal couple. Brilliant detail and coloring... I love the similar pose of each. :)

It is so good to see you back Jane... I hope all is completely well with you. :) Take care and God bless!


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-04-11 15:06]

Congradulation Jane
Excellent sharp capture for that image.Both birds are well in focus.Colors are just beautiful
TFS Michel

Hi Sis, nice to see you again! Hope all everthing going on well with you and family! This one is very beautiful scene of a beautiful pair with flawless details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day/Week!


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-04-12 1:57]

Hi Jane,
Aesthetic beauty ...
Composition, sharp details and colors are wonderful.
Best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-12 19:12]

They look grumpy! :-) A fine capture of that couple, well done Jane! Patience and talent and et voilà!


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