A Spot Of Color by Lois  Bryan

Featured in Songbirds of North America November 13, 2011.
Featured in Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge group July 20, 2009.
Third Place in the “Fiery RedHeads” challenge in _Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge July 20, 2009.
Featured in Safe Haven February 10, 2009.

We had a little snow here in Maryland last week, and I was so hoping some of my Cardinal buddies would come visit the feeders!!! Here’s one of the males … giving me “the look” that says “Hope she filled the feeders!”

Image taken on February 2, 2009 with the Nikon D40x, using the 70-300mm VR lens.


Male Northern Cardinal
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Family: Cardinalidae
The Cardinals or Cardinalidae are a family of passerine birds found in North and South America. The South American cardinals in the genus Paroaria are placed in another family, the Thraupidae (previously placed in Emberizidae).
These are robust, seed-eating birds, with strong bills. The family ranges in size from the 12-cm, 11.5-gram Orange-breasted Bunting to the 25-cm, 85-gram Black-headed Saltator[verification needed]. They are typically associated with open woodland. The sexes usually have distinctive appearances; the family is named for the red plumage (colored cardinal like the color of a Catholic cardinal’s vestments) of males of the type species, the Northern Cardinal.
The “buntings” in this family are sometimes generically known as “tropical buntings” (though not all live in the tropics) or “North American buntings” (though there are other buntings in North America) to distinguish them from the true buntings. Likewise the grosbeaks in this family are sometimes called “cardinal-grosbeaks” to distinguish them from other grosbeaks. The name “cardinal-grosbeak” can also apply to this family as a whole.
Most species are rated by the IUCN as least concern, though some are near threatened."

info courtesy of Wikipedia

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  • Sara Lamond
    Sara Lamondabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot Lois – these guys are so colorful on dull days.

  • Hi Sara!!!!! How right you are … you can tell the light was soooo dull and flat when I shot this one … but these guys … you can see them in the trees from such a distance!!! They’re sooo cheerful looking!!! Thanks so much for stopping in!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 6 years ago

    Awesome capture, dear Lois!

  • Thanks, Bela!!!! I do adore the birdies!!!! So glad you liked this shot!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 6 years ago

    What a gorgeous bird!! That red is just brilliant and you have captured it so well! Beautiful image Lois!!

  • Oh, Blair, thank you so much!!! I’m such a mess when it comes to reds!!! If you knew what I had to do to this shot to be happy with it, you’d laugh!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...about 6 years ago

    Lois glorious work!!!!! Love it!

  • Hi Jeffrey!!!!! Thank you, hon!!!!! I could happily fill my whole portfolio with birdies!!! LOL!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 6 years ago

    brilliant snowy capture! what stunning birds these are!!

  • Hiiii Maggie!!! Thank you!!! Do you have them where you are, too???

    – Lois Bryan

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyabout 6 years ago

    lovely nice hair do lol! mq

  • LOL!!! Mike, yes, it is a lovely hair-do!!! The fun thing about these guys is they can raise and lower their top-knot … it really adds so much to their facial expression!!!!! Glad you enjoyed!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • chijude
    chijudeabout 6 years ago

    Cute and bright and perky …. and great against that soft background.

  • Hi Judy!!!! I was so hoping to get a few decent cardinal shots in the snow this year!!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 6 years ago

    What a HANDSOME GUY he is!!!!!
    And your portrait is superb!

  • Robin, thank you so much, sweetie!!!!! Yes, they are a glorious birdie!!! Especially pretty on a dull winter’s day!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • lefty1
    lefty1about 6 years ago

    superb capture Lois! Love that pose!

  • Thank you so much, John!!!! He’s staring right at me, I think, lol!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • BigD
    BigDabout 6 years ago

    It’s a dandy, hun. :-)

  • Hiiiiii BigD!!!!! Thank you!!!!! I dooooo love my birdies, lol!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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