Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Christmas Bird



Birds visiting the feeder on our deck frequently perch in our spruce tree nearby.

I like the background the spruce provides but to capture birds here I must shoot at an angle through a double pane window. The window glass degrades the sharpness some but I like the soft focus effect in this photograph.


To me the male Cardinal with his bright red plumage will always be the Christmas Bird.

Although he doesn’t carry gifts or use a team of reindeer and a sleigh, he does fly around all dressed up like Santa Claus.

16 comments:

Alexander said...

Great capture! The bird is so beautiful.

Alexander
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dot said...

Your cardinal is really beautiful and the background makes it's color show all the more. Well done!
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Mike said...

Just beautiful Salty! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Lucy said...

That is so beautiful, Salty! I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

P.S. Did you change your blog layout/graphics just a bit?

Kekiinani said...

What an awesome shot and thru a window none the less!!! I think these birdies are soooooo cute and colorful and yup.. he does look like a Christmas Bird... :) :) Merry Christmas Eve to you and your family!!

oldmanlincoln said...

I like your photograph of the male cardinal. He is young and bright. Nice.

Thanks too for your visits to my blog. I appreciate it a lot.

And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your friends and family from Patty and Me.

Irene said...

Oh, I love cardinal pictures. We just filled our bird feeders and I hope we start getting more birds in our yard. I would love to get a picture of a cardinal!

Have a Merry Christmas!!

lv2scpbk said...

That is beautiful with the color of the bird and the green on the trees. Truly a Christmas photo. This would be wonderful on a postcard.

Merry Christmas!

Meggie said...

I've always thought cardinals seemed like Christmas birds, glad I have some company on that one. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Salty.

photowannabe said...

I love this Christmas bird all decked out in red.
I think the picture turned out great even through a double paned window.
Merry Christmas Salty and the best of the New Year.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Great series, Dad.

imac said...

Like the Christmas Bird.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

Also thanks for visiting my blog and your comments since ive been blogging.

Kerri said...

I always think of cardinals as "snow birds" or "winter birds"....now I will think of them as "Santa birds" :)

You have captured him beautifully!

I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas....I look forward to blogging with you in the New Year!

Wolf Lover Girl said...

What great color! I have a few that visit my backyard but I can never grab a shot that turns out.

Oh and I love your heading!!

~ Wolf Lover Girl

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Salty
Hope your Christmas went well, I'm playing catch up again..
This is a stunning bird and a wonderful Country Capture. It brightened my day looking at it.

BumbleVee said...

How I would love to see a Christmas bird in person! Their colour is so amazing...