Female Northern Cardinal in Spruce Tree - Ottawa, Ontario by Michael Cummings

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Female Northern Cardinal in Spruce Tree - Ottawa, Ontario by 

While the male cardinal is easily recognized by it’s bright red colouration, the female cardinal is just as attractive. She has various tones of yellow, brown and red. In the breeding season these colours are quite intense.

Nikon D300
ISO 500
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 mm
WB Shade

Cover page for Birds of Ontario Calendar


bird, bushes, cardinal, forest, song bird, trees


  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Don’t care what they say … the female cardinal will always be a favorite of mine. Her colors, so different from her mate, are softer and more pleasing. Lovely image. Barb

  • I totally agree Barbara. Males are to full of themselves anyways. LOL

    – Michael Cummings

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisover 4 years ago

    She is really beautiful, wonderful capture!

  • It is nice to see them still around.

    – Michael Cummings

  • Kathleen Hill
    Kathleen Hillover 4 years ago

    Beautiful sharp image of a beautiful bird

  • Thank you Kathleen

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Love this. The cardinal is nice and clear and the setting would make a nice Christmas card.

  • Maybe sometime I will make it into a card. I still have alot to learn about RB

    – Michael Cummings

  • Gayle Dolinger
    Gayle Dolingerover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and it WOULD make a wonderful Christmas card!

  • Thank you Gayle

    – Michael Cummings

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 4 years ago

    Congratulations..your work has been featured in the World Wildlife Photography Group

  • Thank you very much for featuring my photo.

    – Michael Cummings

  • Max Buchheit
    Max Buchheitover 4 years ago

    Congrats Michael – your work is definitely top notch in my book!

  • Thank you Max

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 4 years ago

    Very impressive capture!

  • Thank you Ruth

    – Michael Cummings

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkover 4 years ago

    She is quite the looker! Excellent capture!

  • Personally I like the female cardinals better then the Males. More interesting tones.

    – Michael Cummings

  • puffin
    puffinover 4 years ago

    wonderful shot…

  • Thank you Puffin

    – Michael Cummings

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