My Red-Hatter Friend

Another beauty that frequented my front yard Ice Kingdom last week was the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). This male paused on my ice-covered weeping cherry shrub long enough for a few quick captures:

Northern Cardinal male

Northern Cardinal male

Northern Cardinal male

Such a cheerful bird … even in the deepfreeze of an icy winter. But hearing the Cardinals singing in the spring is really an experience! By the way, I have counted over 30 Cardinals (males and females) on my covered front porch at a time, especially when it’s very cold and snow on the ground. And even with that count, I can look out into the trees and see probably that many more, just waiting for a place to land on the porch!

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, at 400mm
  • Handheld, shooting through my bedroom window
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/500 sec.



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