Northern Cardinal

November 22, 2015

I just finished a story about northern cardinals for the January, 2016 edition of Missouri Conservationist. It was fun to write about Missouri’s most iconic bird, which is also the most popular bird in North America, if you go by state bird listings. This image was one of a hundred or so that I went through for the article. I didn’t go with this one so I’m sharing it here. It has a great holiday feel, especially with the red and green colors. The out-of-focus spots are juniper cones, by the way.



This female cardinal found a safe place to land among the honey locust thorns on a wet winter day. She was all fluffed up, crest held high for a photograph. Some people feel that the female cardinal is our most beautiful bird. I can’t argue with that. Whether you like the showy male or the subtle female, the northern cardinal will be a sight to brighten any dreary day this winter.

Thanks for looking,


Email:  Natureframes@Rocketmail.Com

Gallery/Website:  Danny’s Gallery

8 comments on “Northern Cardinal”

  1. HI– Thanks for sending this shot along. I like how the male looks like he’s playing hide and seek! Great work, as always, Danny! Happy Thanksgiving…

    Chris Stuckenschneider Book Editor, Book Buzz Coordinator The Missourian 14 W. Main St. Washington, MO 63090 Cell, 314-808-1807

  2. The picture of the female Cardinal has a special charm. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. I couldn’t believe that there is no Redbird Festival :D. Thank you for the post!

  4. What a Beautiful Shot, of that male Cardinal. I also loved the picture of the female. Thanks for sharing. I hope that you, and Joyce have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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