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The Northern Cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a distinctive crest on the head and a mask on the face which is black in the male and gray in the female. The male is a vibrant red, while the female is a dull red-brown shade. The Northern Cardinal is mainly granivorous, but also feeds on insects and fruit. The male behaves territorially, marking out his territory with song. During courtship, the male feeds seed to the female beak-to-beak. A clutch of three to four eggs is laid, and two to four clutches are produced each year. It was once prized as a pet, but its sale as cage birds is now banned in the United States by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. I was actually tracking a squirrel when this little female’s beak caught my eye through all the thorns and branches. She obviously didn’t feel threatened because she posed beautifully for me. I took this along my back yard in Rockaway, NJ USA. I used the Nikon D3100 and the 70-300mm zoom lens.

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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Comments

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    1 Image per 24hrs 2011/01/13

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Nice capture William, and so well documented

  • Thanks Larry. Sorry for the late reply. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    ( To help us tidy up the group it would be appreciated if you could remove as many of your older works as possible – Thanks Ray )

    If you have already done this THANK YOU

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 3 years ago

    Excellent photo of the cardinal,,,love the soft focus edgeing,,,,, Rick

  • Much appreciated Rick. Thanks for taking the time to comment. =)

    – William Brennan

  • myraj
    myrajabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and intresting reading William.
    Myra

  • Thanks again myra. =)

    – William Brennan

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