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Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-28
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-10 6:12
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Points: 59
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis 19-23 cm) looking for food in a tree of Bois Papineau in Laval.

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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Hi Mario,

As usual, you did great capturing bird and fast car . .
Beautifully composed . .
Well done my friend


Hi Mario,

I have come to love these beautiful little red birds, I hd never even heard of them before TL. As always perfect capture..


Magnifique prise. Félicitation !

Les couleurs sont flamboyantes.

Excellent Capture, Beautiful colours ain superb light.

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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2008-02-10 6:48]

amazing details and compostion, really a perfect shot, Mario

  • kri54 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 131 W: 1 N: 2] (614)
  • [2008-02-10 7:10]

plus de smileys
j'en donne 2
grande qualité
très net
belle lumière

hello mario!
excellent cardinal shot, wonderful sharpness and colors.
i like it.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-02-10 7:37]

That ray of sunlight really does a lot to enhance this photo of this ever so lovely bird. So clear and sharp even down to the claws. Just perfect

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-02-10 8:22]
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Hi Mario. Nice eye contact and an interesting action about to happen. He is colourful and crisp. The DoF is perfect. Do you prefer using aperature or shutter priority when shooting your birds? You probably don't need 1/1600 and so I am assuming that your chose f5.6, is that right? TFS. K2

Hi Mario,
Best regards,

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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-02-10 9:56]

Hi Mario,
Wonderful red bird. Great shot. Good POV. Nice colours. Perfect Photo. Congrat.
Regards, Zsú

bonjour MARIO
quelle rouge magnifique
ta photo et exeptionnelle
bravo a toi
bonne journee michel

sa couleur ressort trop bien avec ce BG
superbe prise, qualité habiturelle ;)

wow! excellent sharpness of the cardinal Mario, beautiful colors and composition.love to see always your bird shot collections all are well captured. thanks again for sharing.
regards from dubai..............andres

Hello Mario, you are so good at taking these shots of birds.This is yet another beauty.I love all the details captured so clearly,even to the texture of its' legs and feet.The colours are beautiful,tfs.
Regards Jean.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-02-10 13:58]

Hola Mario,
precioso color y plumaje sobresaliente,
iluminación magnífica,

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-02-10 14:28]

very nice and charp

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-02-10 14:40]
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Bonjour Mario,
Ton cardinal semble tellement à l'aise devant ta caméra! Tu as vu les œillades qu'il fait à ton objectif? De toute beauté!
Que dire de plus sinon bravo une fois encore pour la composition si bien balancée entre l'avant et l'arrière plan, l'acuité et les couleurs. Félicitations! Annie

PS/ J'ai des amis ornithologues amateurs auxquels je montre tes photos! Je te transmets leurs plus sincères félicitations!

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  • wieyos Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 43 N: 2059] (9118)
  • [2008-02-10 16:13]

Hi Mario,

a brilliantly colored cardinal, brilliantly captured by a highly skilled potographer. Bravo!


Great bird shot Mario.
Fantastic colours and contrast. Sharpness is perfect. Very good light and nice DOF.

Yes it is a Cardinal! And red as well...very good Mario. A+ work.

love the frame, the sharpness and of course the main subject, Mario.. again marvellous shot of this NC which im familiar with it now..

regards, terry

Hi Mario,
Beautiful bird and wonderful POV, sharpness and DOF. Really wonderful composition.

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-02-11 6:03]

I know that look, Mario, checking to see if there are some treats around. I like the light here and the detail of course is perfect, as always. Bravo.

Amitiés sincères

Hello Mario,

Another superb shot at the bird. Excellent sharpness in well perched position exposing clear plumage. Well done and please allow me to add this to my personal theme.


Bonjour Mario,
Belle prise de vue ce magnifique Cardinal , couleurs nettetée de son plumage et contrast de ta photo sont superbes, toujours magnifique et excellent cliché.

Hi Hi Mario,
One word bro.."Perfect"..
Two thumbs up..


Thanks on "CUDDLY TOY"

A clear and sharpened shot Mario, the colours are stunning.. Beautiful!

Stunning shot - pin sharp details and perfect colours. Absolutely wonderful
Thanks for sharing

Hi Bro

What could I Say for the quality that you bring every time you shots the wild life... congrats onthe quality and presentation

Amri HMS

Good close up, nice colours.
Maybe too centered but it's a good one.

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