The Male by janetb

The Male

The female caught my attention first. While focusing on Violets blooming pondside, I heard her loud chipping, turned, and found her perched on top of the thorny Barberries! She took off at the sight of my 300mm lens, but I caught up with her again in the shared bed where I found her flitting about with an old, bleached leaf firmly clenched in her beak.

When she headed back toward the Barberries with the leaf, her mate zipped by, chipping loudly with alarm at my interruption of their work. He landed in the pondside Japanese Maple among its tiny, tender new leaves; and I watched him while he watched her. Nesting Northern Cardinals grace us with their beautiful presence every spring, and our thankfulness abounds!

I praise you, Lord, for another spring with nesting Northern Cardinals to watch.
Beautiful capture, Janet.
April 15th, 2020  
He selected such a complimentary environment from which to sit and watch whilst you composed this charming capture.
April 15th, 2020  
Nice shot
April 15th, 2020  
You did well getting in among the leaves and focusing on his face. Aren't they gorgeous!
April 15th, 2020  
Do you suppose he thinks he's hidden inside there? Nice job capturing him.
April 16th, 2020  
He looks a bit sheepish peeking through the leaves. Love it!
April 16th, 2020  
I really love how his beautiful red feathers burst through the maple leaves in this shot. fav
April 17th, 2020  
Fantastic focus, Such a lovely photo.
April 17th, 2020  
so cool!!
April 28th, 2020  
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