Taking a Breather from the Heat by Kate Eller

Taking a Breather from the Heat by 

This little cardinal took a seat on this limb outside my front door today. I had to zoom in and manually focus because he was a little ways away from me, and I was inside taking the shot through the window. He sat there for a pretty long time, because I could see he needed a rest from the heat. He opened his beak as if he were panting. Joe and I decided that a bird bath purchase was in order…………….

Pentax X90


  • labaker
    labakeralmost 4 years ago

    wonderful shot Kate!

  • Hey Larry! Thank you kindly dear boy!!! He sat very prettily for me…….It was just too hot to be flying around I guess……….Katey

    – Kate Eller

  • Gillian Marshall
    Gillian Marshallalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely shot!! One of my favorite birds :)

  • Me too Gillian. I like to see how they both…..Mommy and Daddy……feed the babies. I always see a pair. Thanks for such a lovely comment……xxxKatey

    – Kate Eller

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Nice colorful detail Kate

  • Thank you Larry!!!!!!! ……..Katey

    – Kate Eller

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful shot of a lovely little bird. Yes – you do need a birdbath! We have two, and the birds just love them during hot weather. Opposite temps on this side of the planet! We are having frosts!

  • Thank you Lyndy! Yes, birdbath is on my list. I keep forgetting that you have the exact opposite weather. What a cwazy woild……………….You just live too too far away……..sniff, sniff….xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxKatey

    – Kate Eller

  • waxyfrog
    waxyfrogalmost 4 years ago

    Nice focus and colour

  • Oh thank you for that great comment. I kind of shocked myself at focusing in from that far away. I think I just got lucky,,,,,,,,,,,,,xKatey

    – Kate Eller

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 4 years ago

    what a lovely shot of this pretty bird Kate…a nice little visitor to have!

  • Thank you Miss Linda. We have them everywhere here. ….one of the prettiest birds we have ……..AND the pretty little bluebird. But I know that you have beautiful exotic birds where you live though don’t you?! Are they everywhere in Australia?………xKatey

    – Kate Eller

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 4 years ago

    Super capture Katey !

  • Oh, Thank you George. How are the frogs and the fish in your lovely pond? I am grieving over one of my frogs. I found him “expired” one morning……and can’t imagine why….unless he was just really old. The others seem to be fine. I just don’t hear the deep voiced croaker anymore. I gave him a proper burial by the pond. sniff, sniff…….xKatey

    – Kate Eller

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisalmost 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful photo of the red cardinal,,,,well done Kate,,,,Rick

  • Thank you Rick. I very much appreciate such a lovely comment. They ARE beautiful birds. Just recently had a nest of babies right outside my front door in the bushes. Enjoyed watching them change from day to day………..Kate

    – Kate Eller

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynalmost 4 years ago

    Kate ~ These guys are so illusive, I’ve been trying to get real close ups too.. Love the expression with the beak open and of course the colour.. Even though I have a 500mm, still they are too fast for me to focus on! Just keep trying..

  • I know I really got lucky because you are right…….the cardinal is really jumpy and sensitive to any movement or noise. He was just tired……I could tell…..or he would not have stayed so long in one place. Thanks for commenting Larry…..appreciate the visit………Katey

    – Kate Eller

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynalmost 4 years ago

    When you get your bird bath.. this image is so cool……….
    click here

  • Oh that is priceless. Great shot. I guess a birdbath would be good for the birds as well as for me. Maybe I could get a good shot! Thanks Larry ………Kate

    – Kate Eller

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