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Male Northern Cardinal - Ottawa Ontario by Michael Cummings

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“The Northern Cardinal is abundant across the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and in Canada in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. Its range extends west to the U.S.-Mexico border and south through Mexico to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, northern Guatemala, and northern Belize. It was introduced to Bermuda in 1700. It has also been introduced in Hawaii and southern California. Its natural habitat is woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps.1 This bird is a permanent resident throughout its range, although it may relocate to avoid extreme weather or if food is scarce.” Wikipedia

Nikon D300
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 mm
WB Cloudy


avians, birds, cardinal, forest, song bird, trees, wings


  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyover 4 years ago

    Hi Michael. I am just amazed how these cardinals endure in the cold. Lovely shot.

  • Yes they are tough little buggers. Nice to see some colour in the dull winter time

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jurmale
    Jurmaleover 4 years ago

    Hi Michael! This cardinal is so cute! Excellent shot!

  • I was waiting for him to poke his head out. They are a little skittish but in time they get used to you being there if you stay quiet and no sudden moves

    – Michael Cummings

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot, excellent work,
    take care Ann

  • Thank you Ann

    – Michael Cummings

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 4 years ago

    Great job! Looks like he is looking right at you.

  • I think he was looking at me as he was a little standoffish, in time they settled and got used to me being there

    – Michael Cummings

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    That Blue Spruce is again the perfect setting. In my experience, Cardinals can be EXTREMELY nervous or pretty tame. We had one pair that were around year after year, & the male never loosened up – thus his mate got all the goodies!

  • They seem to have distance that if you get too close they stay away, but if you step back by even one step they will come to feed and allow a photo to be taken. One just has to find out what each bird will tolerate.

    – 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 the feature

    – Michael Cummings

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Vi

    – Michael Cummings

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonover 4 years ago

    Sweet shot Michael! I was born in Ottawa and I miss it.

  • Thank you Monte. Weather this winter has been great but the wildlife for shooting is definitely down from last year. I don’t know if I would move from Ottawa, it is just the perfect size for me.

    – Michael Cummings

  • Brian Pelkey
    Brian Pelkeyover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous photo..Is that a blue spruce?

  • Sorry Brian I totally missed this comment, yes this is a blue spruce tree.Not a white/blue as I have seen but looks good anyways

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jeff Notti
    Jeff Nottiover 4 years ago

    another beauty!…. man great work

  • Sorry Jeff I apparently missed this comment, thank you very much I appreciate your feedback

    – Michael Cummings

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