February 20, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal


Cardinalis cardinalis

Such pretty birds! Northern cardinals are regular visitors to our feeders. The males are bright red; the females are green and gray with a few red highlights.

I don't know what's going on the last photo. The birds were quietly feeding and just as I clicked the shutter there was a flutter of wings and then the male flew off. In the frozen-in-time image, it appears that he attacked the female, but she did not seem flustered or hurt.


18 comments:

  1. And what a lovely view it is too! Great shots of the cardinals.

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  2. Beautiful cardinal photos! I love how bright the sun is in that first shot just making them shine!

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  3. Gorgeous colour red, Linda. Good series on this bird that is foreign to my shores, although I have seen it many times in books.

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  4. What a beautiful creature! It definitely deserves to be photographed.

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  5. Cardinals are so beautiful. To bad it's the males that are so vibrant.

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  6. a beautiful couple. :) Nice shots.

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  7. Amazing photography. Exotica!!!

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  8. I don't know what startled Mr. Cardinal in that last picture, but I like the result. You got wonderful photos of the cardinal couple.

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  9. You are featuring my favourite Mr and Mrs today! Their colours are such a welcome sight in my winter wonderland right now. I don't know what came over Mr Cardinal, he's usually such a gentleman!

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  10. So beautiful bird. I have never seen this before.
    Great job!
    From Hilda

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  11. I LOVE cardinals!! Happens to be our state bird here :)

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  12. We see a lot of cardinals here. I love the bright red of the male. Great photos!

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  13. Great captures, especially that last photo. We've had lots of cardinals hanging around this winter here as well.

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  14. Thanks for the comments. The cardinal is our state bird in Virginia but also for about a half-dozen other states.

    They are common here and it is interesting to hear from people who never get to see them. Sometimes I see four or five in our yard! So colorful!

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  15. Beautiful shots of the Cardinals. The last shot is a great capture.

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  16. Linda, we also live in VA and often will see as many as 6 male and female cardinals at a time in the creoe myrtle trees near the feeders. It is unusual though to see both the male and female feed together. They seem to take turns.

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