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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-24 12:09
Viewed: 2975
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Taken in the heavy snow storms of last January, a male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis 19-23 cm) near the feeders in the garden.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
The brilliantly colored Northern Cardinal has the record for popularity as a state bird: in the United States, it holds that title in seven states. This common bird is a winter fixture at snow-covered bird feeders throughout the Northeast, but it only spread to New York and New England in the mid-20th century.
Medium-sized songbird.
Large crest on head.
Heavy, conical red bill.
Face surrounded by black.
Male entirely brilliant red.
Female grayish-tan with red tail and wings.
Size: 21-23 cm (8-9 in)
Wingspan: 25-31 cm (10-12 in)
Weight: 42-48 g (1.48-1.69 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male brilliant red, female tan.
Song a series of clear whistles, the first down-slurred and ending in a slow trill. "Cheer, cheer, cheer, what, what, what, what." Call a sharp "chip."
Conservation Status
Population density and range increased over the last 200 years, largely as a response to habitat changes made by people. The cardinal benefits from park-like urban habitats and the presence of bird feeders. However, it is listed as a species of special concern in California and may disappear there because of habitat loss.
Other Names
Cardinal rouge (French)
Cardenal rojo, Cardenal norteño, Cardenal común (Spanish)
Cool Facts
Population density and range of the Northern Cardinal has increased over the last 200 years, largely as a response to habitat changes made by people. However, it is listed as a species of special concern in California and may disappear there because of habitat loss.
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.
The male cardinal fiercely defends its breeding territory from other males. When a male sees its reflection in glass surfaces, it frequently will spend hours fighting the imaginary intruder.
Brighter red males hold territories with denser vegetation, feed at higher rates, and have greater reproductive success than duller males

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-24 12:13]

Hi Mario. This Cardinal has such bright colours . I just love the hair do and the black face against the red feathers. You have captured such fine detail and a good POV. Make the most of the summer the snow will be back. well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-24 12:15]

Hello Mario,
Very beautiful bird ! I love its bright colors and its pose on this photo. Good sharpness and details, great colors and very nice composition. Good POV and BG. Well done !
Best regards Siggi

Hi Mario.
Admirable picture!
Extraordinary posture of this wonderful bird!
Excellent perspective and details.
I liked much of this work!
Congratulations and TFS!
José Roberto

Hello Mario,
great shot of this Cardinal. Beautiful red in grey and white.
I especially like the posing of this bird. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Mario,
Excellent picture of Northern Cardinal in snow. Good pose and composition, sharp details and bright natural colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-24 13:38]

Very original photo of this Red Cardinal in the snow.
I love how the bird stands out so vividly against the BG.
Sharp and crisp.
Superb composition.

Well done, Mario!


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-08-24 14:03]

Hi Mario
very nice image of cardinal
very good sharp and colors
well done.

Les images de cet oiseau sont bonnes l'hiver non ? J'ai vu qu'il beaucoup de temps whenI était enfant. La bonne idée postant cette image en été. Une coupure qu'il donne. OK I mean a refreshing break...not a cut...but you know what I mean...

sympa cette compo avec la neige, plutôt original, et de très bonne facture

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-24 16:39]

Hi Mario,

Right now snow looks soooooooo good. What better combination than the red Cardinal and the white snow? Beautiful shot of him with the seed in his mouth. Excellent colors, details, and composition.


WHat a lovely, unusual POV!Superb work, Mario!
Love the delicate details of this cardinal you've brought out!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-24 21:18]

Hi Mario.
Very nice to see winter shot when summer temperature is so high in our places. Pictures scene is very cute and shot is composed perfectly. I like timing and reflection of snowflakes. Details of the bird image is perfect and combination of snow colour and neutral BG is impressive too. My best regards and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-24 22:56]

Hello Mario,
A reminder of the winter to come, but a nice way of doing it with this excellent capture of a male Cardinal feeding in the snow, taken from a fine POV with good sharpness and contrast against the dark BG.
TFS this beauty,

Hi, Mario,

wow, what a beauty! excellent colours, details and composition!! tks.

also, many thanks for your pointers and encouragement all along!

have a nice day!

Man Yee

Hi Mario,

A very nice picture of this cardinal feeding, they must depend heavily on the feeders in such snowstorms. Very pretty bird, I must say. Thanks for sharing.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-25 4:09]

Salut Mario,toujurs fantastiques tes photos d'hiver,le rouge dans la neige est vraiment un grand spectacle,mes compliments et bonne semaine,Luciano

Ciao Mario, great capture of your red friend in the snow with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Mario,
Interessante et rafraichissante composition!
Le rouge du cardinal et les details du plumage sont superbes

Hi Mario,
Amazing portrait!!!
Very good detils and colors.
I like it...
Very well done.
TFS Malgosia

bonjour mario
tres belle composition et excellente maitrise de l'esposition sur la neige,effectivement...c'est rafraichissant.bravo et merci

quelle belle couleur que ce rouge qui ressort à merveille!!!
le cadrage est tres bien choisi
magnifique photo

great composition, nice to see this snow in mid-summer, TFS Ori

Je sais bien que c'était moins chaud aujourd'hui (lundi), mais de là à avoir de la neige, ouch! Pour revenir à la photo, l'oiseau à beaucoup de détail dans ces plumes et j'aime bien la pose qu'il a pris. Avec les flocons et la tête tournée comme si il se protège du vent, me donne une impression que j'ai pas hâte à cette saison qui va arriver bientôt...
Félicitation pour la capture,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-25 20:27]

Hello Mario, Superb shot and excellent bright colors. great view. What are those white patches. I think it is snow. Excellent sharpness Ganesh

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-25 21:04]

Hi Mario,
Wonderful shot of this Northern cardinal with a catch. Lovely colours and details and I like its pose among the falling snow. Very neat and sharp image with great lighting. Great POV and composition too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-26 9:34]

merhaba Mario
wonderful capture of this cute bird
i like composition, POV, colours and sharpness

Bonsoir Mario,

La réflexion de la lumière sur la neige fait ressortir les couleurs du cardinal rouge. Les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau sont clairs et nettes. Le sujet est bien cadré. Bonne soirée.


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