Unexpected Cardinal Shots

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  1. stick35

    stick35 TPF Noob!

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    Nothing too spectacular, but when I picked up my latest set of pictures I was suprised to see the 2 action shots below.

    First - The bird (I think it's a male cardinal) posing for me...
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    One shot of him leaving up...
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    And my favorite - him diving down...
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    wow, that last one is amazing, the seeds flying to the right... very lucky to catch that little guy :)
     
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    kewl last shot, love the action and the graceful bomb dive flight! I'm not a bird expert at all, but I believe its a female cardinal.

    thanks for posting!
     
  4. MDowdey

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    thats great work!!!!!!!

    the females are the brownish looking ones...the males are the big red guys.


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  5. stick35

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    Thanks for the nice comments and the clarification of gender.

    There is also a male that comes around. He is absolutely gorgeous! Brilliant red. But he is extremely weary of human presence. Every time I try to get him (on film) he takes off. I'll get him eventually and I post it. I take these pictures from about 12 feet away shooting out my living room window. I'm thinking of rigging up some kind of blind so that they can't see me.
     
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    The "dive bomb" or last shot is spectacular. I love the way he is flying out of the frame. Something to hide behind is a good idea. Maybe a long lens. I can't be sure, but I will bet that there are remote control devices. That may be expensive. (sometimes, I'm a sucker for gadgets). Keep in mind that if you're camera has a mirror flipping they me hearng that.
     
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    Great photos, what lens and exposure settings were you using? Were you using the cameras auto metering or your own manual settings. Just interested as any shots like this I try never seem to work.
     
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    ooh I really like that last one, great shot!
     
  9. stick35

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    ramjamband - I was using the automatic settings with my Nikon N75 using a 70-300mm lens at 300mm.
     
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    That last shot is awesome.
     
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    The dive bombing pic is really excellent. The DOF is just right and so is the framing of the picture. Definitely a very difficult shot to achieve.

    Keep up the good work.
     
  12. terri

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    I have to join in and say Great shot!! Definitely a female cardinal. Probably her mate is the one who comes around the feeder, although you probably have a few couples who frequent the food source.

    What a wonderful shot. I agree the DOF is perfect and her leaving the frame with the feeder still swinging is just TOO good. It belongs on a holiday card or calendar, if you knew where to submit it, it's a winner. Be proud of this one!! :D
     

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