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State Bird - Cardinal

State Bird - Cardinal
Photo Information
Copyright: Travis Truelove (wildlife) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 42] (259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS w/ 1.4 extender, Handheld in Sports Mode
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-06 5:44
Viewed: 3715
Points: 14
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State bird.....
Cardinal - Illinois
Cardinal - Indiana
Cardinal - Kentucky
Cardinal - North Carolina
Cardinal - Ohio
Cardinal - Virginia
Cardinal - West Virginia

The NC General Assembly of 1943 named the cardinal (cardinalis cardinalis) as the official State Bird of North Carolina (Session Laws, 1943, c. 595).

The choice of the cardinal was by no means certain at the beginning of the session. The North Carolina Bird Club initiated the campaign to choose a bird as a state symbol, publicizing the campaign through newspapers, local birding and wildlife clubs, and schools. More than 23,000 votes were cast, and twenty-six different avian candidates were suggested, including, among others, the red-winged blackbird, the wild turkey, the scarlet tanager, and the catbird. The cardinal received a plurality of 5000 votes, with the dove coming in second with 3395.

Ten years earlier, the state had a different state bird, but only for a few days. At the suggestion of the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs, the 1933 General Assembly passed Resolution 51, which designated the Carolina Chickadee as the official State Bird. However, a week later, the Assembly repealed the Resolution with Session Law 1933-521. The Chickadee’s nickname--the Tomtit--was considered too undignified, and legislators balked at the idea that North Carolina might become known as the "Tomtit State."

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Hi Travis,

What a lovely colourful image taken in its natural habitat, good composition and sharp, nice overall picture Travis, well done and TFS,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-06 6:02]

What a beautiful cardinal,whit this red so warm in the sunny light.Grerat sharpness,contrast and composition too,Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Beautiful little bird and well captured.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-06 7:30]

Very good pose and image of this colorful Cardinal. lovely image. tfs.

Hello Travis
Excellent photo, excellent POV and natural colors.
a beautiful image of Eminence, very very nice.
Thanks for the attached notes and even compliments.
hello Vanni

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-03-06 17:55]

Hello Travis,
A beautiful image of this male Northern Cardinal. I'm glad that Ohio picked this particular bird to be our state bird and see that a number of states decided to do the same.

The over the sholder pose gives us a wonderful view of his gorgeous plumage as well as his fine facial features. I like it's attractive high crest and bright red coloration.

Travis, congratulations on this lovely photo! You really hit the ball out of the park with this one... lovely clarity, color, and composition. It looks like you are putting that new lens to work.


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