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Featured in Layered With Texture December 3, 2010.
Third Place in “Red” challenge in Weekly Theme Challenges July 7, 2009.
Featured in I Love Birds May 27, 2009.
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Best Viewed Larger
A male cardinal outside my kitchen window (Montgomery County Maryland) on a cold March winter’s day in 2009. This image is an homage to Jan Piller whose work I admire so much.
Image taken with the Nikon D40x and the 70-300mm vr Nikon / Nikkor lens. Post processing included some brush strokes in Photoshop, levels, burning and dodging a texture layer and the addition of the snow flakes, thanks to Obsidian Dawn.
Featured in Leslie Nicole’s Holiday and Wintery Photographs With Textures blog December 17, 2010.
Texture from Princess of Shadows at Deviant Art
Male Northern Cardinal
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