Sunday, February 13, 2011

Northern Cardinals

Winter's cold & snow brings the Northern Cardinals flocking to feeding stations.  While they are most seen in winter Cardinals are non-migratory, spending the entire year in the same area.  Lack of leafy cover and their quest for food coupled with their bright colors is what makes them more obvious during the winter months.

Although not as gaudy as their male counterpart the female is a beautiful bird too with her more subdued colors.

Shortly after arriving at our bird shooting area this afternoon Willard & me were joined by Jean from Nature & More and her husband Andy.  The Cardinals didn't seem to mind the additional cameras much and were soon posing for their portraits.



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18 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the cardinals!

Lois Evensen said...

So very pretty!

EG Wow said...

These are excellent photo, Coy! I'd love to know how you get such great photos of these shy birds.

Coy said...

EG Wow, feed them, acclimate them to your presence by spending time at the feeders, moving nearer as they will allow and then wait for some great light. Good Luck

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Cardinals are always beautiful even when King Frost is surrounding them. Great images.

Dominic Gendron said...

Lovelly bird, great shots you got here ;)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I knew I was in for a treat,when I saw the title of this post.I am not disappointed.These pictures are breathtaking.
Ruth

Chad Oneil Myers said...

I like the detail of the eye in that second image. Both are good.

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

of course your work is spectacular coy, thank you so much for sharing with us. too bad someone didn't take a pic of all of you guys photgraphing the birds...would have been a great shot!

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful shots!

Misty Dawn said...

Absolutely beautiful! Every time I see a Cardinal, I feel like my Grandma is with me.

Leedra said...

Both are gorgeous!

Meggie said...

They are probably my favorite bird. They are most plentiful at my house and I love watching them from my kitchen window.

Elaine said...

Both wonderful shots! I like the shot of the female best though.

HANNIBAL said...

Such striking lighting on these nicely detailed cardinals! I wonder if you used your Canon 300mm 2.8 prime for these?

Coy said...

Hannibal, these were shot with the 100-400 as nearly all of my wildlife shots. My budget won't handle a 300 f2.8 and for some unknown reason Willard seldom allows his to leave his tripod :)

Benjamin Jennings said...

WOW truly beautiful, the red one is awesome, please follow my blog :)

iThinkSo said...

i really enjoyed your pictures they are really cool.
birdslook so lovely and cute