I photographed this using a Canon 7D using a Canon L 100-400 mm. lens.
I photographed this near Appleton,Wisconsin on 3-3-2013.
The background is somewhat of the city lights of Appleton,Wisconsin. The male Northern Cardinal is in the spotlight and is he handsome, at least that is what i think he is saying when he is making those beautiful sweet sounds! I don’t often get to take photos of them in the open and sitting still with good light like this so this is very rare. I did have a smile and a song to hear.