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Are You Looking at Me?

Are You Looking at Me?
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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: 2008-03-05
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-09 8:30
Viewed: 6645
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Northern Cardinal

The male Northern Cardinal is unmistakable. It is bright red with crest, a black face and stout red bill. The female is a light brown edged with red on the crest, wings and tail. This is our only crested bird with a conical beak except in the Southwest, where it is replaced by the Pyrrhuloxia. Length: 8 to 9 inches (20-23 cm).

The Cardinal feeds on grape, holly, blackberry, wild seeds and many kinds of insects. Feeding mainly on the ground in the open and nesting in thickets, the Northern Cardinal is well suited to garden areas. Nonmigratory, it stays around bird feeders even in the snowy winters of southern Canada and the northeastern states, but it does best where winters are milder. They frequent woodland edges, thickets, brushy swamps and garden suburbs.The voice is a rich what-cheer, cheer, cheer; purty-purty-purty-purty or sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet.

Three or four pale greenish blue eggs (1.0 x .7 inch) spotted with reddish brown are laid in a nest made of twigs, rootlets, strips of bark and lined with grasses and rootlets in thick bushes or vines 2-10 feet high. Rarely up to 30 feet.

The Cardinal is a resident in the eastern United States and southern Canada south to the Gulf Coast, and from southern California, Arizona and southern Texas southward.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-09 8:32]

Hi Jane,
Lovely capture and nice title of this beautiful bird. TFS. Regards,

I believe it was Robert D...in Taxi Driver...who made that line famous...also made a kid named Hinkley newsworthy...and Jody Foster. I have heard the line so many times and every time it is used in picture it seems appropriate for the image...Very nicely done you now "looking downward at birds" person!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-09 8:53]

Hi Jane

Great POV - wonderful! Love the colours - plus the gravel helps focus attention on the cardinal.


Hi My dear friend Jane:)
Your title was resembled that of my capture yesterday friend! Lovely indeed. Because the pose also resembling that pose. Your capture is excelent as usual my friend! TFS.
Have a nice week!

Hello Jane,

I will do you a swap - a northern cardinal for a blackbird! I would like to see these in reality!

He looks to be bowing to you to show off his beautiful red coat and black bib! He is very alert with a nice reflection in his eye! Good composition!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-09 10:30]

Hello Jane, yours looks more confortable than mine! :-) Great shot of this beautiful bird, I like the way its tail is up and the way he's looking at you, well done, thanks!


hello Jane

those lovely birds sometimes have wonderful poses
your's it is on one of those pose, it is the first time Jane
i am seeing a Northern Cardinal on little rocks,
lovely shot with that great eye-contact with you
and with that lovely and funny glance on you
he is giving the impression that has
an interrogation on you « Are You Looking at Me? »
excellent title with a superb shot, TFS


Hello Jane. The title really fits here and I guess happily posing for your shot too. Nicely composed and cropped for pleasant viewing. Regards. Jusni

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-09 11:40]

Hi Jane what a great pose you have captured, it can make all the difference to a bird picture. good detail and rich colours . well done TFS.

Hello Jane
You have titled this perfectly..He looks like a Punk Rocker standing proud with just a little to much attitude for his own good!!
Lovely sharp details and colours considering as it looks as though he was in the shade and by your shutter speed.
Another top Post
All the Best Jane

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-09 11:51]

Hello Jane,
what a beauitiful bird!
Nice colours and lighting along with perfect exposure.
Great POV and composition as well.
The focus is slightly off the head, maybe a slightly smaller aperture (such as f/8) and a touch of flash would have been a bit better.
Great shot nevertheless.
Well done!


Hi Jane
A lovely bird, lovely pose and excelent capture! TFS. Regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-09 12:47]

Hello Jane,
He is cocking his head side ways to get a better look at you. Excellent image with great color and good detail, thanks Jane.

Hello Jane,
very beautiful composition of the Cardinal with a very cute pose of it!
good sharpness, nice colour and details in the whole picture
well done, Jane!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-09 23:17]

Hello Jane,
Very beautiful capture, very sharp and well composed


Hi Jane,

Beautiful colored bird.
I have here in Holland in the past holding a breeding pair in an voliere (great birdcage). The male sings also beautiful and loud.
Good pov and the bird is seeing you well.
Sharpness is good, i think it can a little sharper also for te details of the bird.

Regards Gert

Hi Jane,

Nice composition here - you have placed the bird in just the right spot. These must be amaving birds to see.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2008-03-10 8:47]

Hello Jane,
I like the pose as seen from this POV of this male Red Cardinal. He looks great against the gravel BG and this is pretty sharp and well composed.
Thanks for sharing this dandy,

Hi Jane
Nice shot of this Cardinal
Good moment and expression you captured
Lovely color. tfs jon

Hi Jane, nice bird in cute pose, splendid colors, wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-11 8:42]

Hello Jane

Ah! There is your little gentleman in red.
A wonderful,inquisitive pose you have captured.
The plumage is bright and well detailed.
Very nice eye contact.


Hello Jane, a very beautiful cardinal w/ an excellent pose, good pov. The rocks provide a nice bg. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-03-11 12:23]

Hi Jane,
Great capture of the beautiful Cardinal in a cute pose. I can't see too much of this lovely bird and your capture is excellent. Great details and beautiful colours. I like the background of gravel with matching colour tones. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Bonjour Jane
Une belle photo de ce cardinal, belle composition et couleurs, un beau point de vue, un très bel oiseau qui est très rare dans notre région, bien vue..
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 487 W: 0 N: 565] (4413)
  • [2008-03-12 11:07]

Ola Jane
Bonito passaro fotografado, sua cor é bem viva e chamativa.
A nitidez e composição ficaram boa.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 36 N: 5588] (18578)
  • [2008-03-13 0:45]

Hi Jane,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful cardinal in an alert pose and with fine expressive eyes. Very impressive colours and sharpness and the gravels as BG make the image look majestic. I like the eye contact too. Great lighting, exposure, DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-18 2:04]

Hi Jane and Hi Cardinal.
Its pose and glance are amazing. Wonderfully composed image with superb colours and details of all scene. Bravo and my best wishes.

Hi Jane,
Lovely capture with excellent details. TFS.


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