Cardinals calling!

This early spring continues to forge ahead here, and a pair of cardinals decided to pose for a portrait yesterday, while chowing down on sunflower seeds.  Later in the day their new fledgeling introduced itself to me as well, but from a safe distance.  I’ll see if I can get the three of them together in the near future.  Meanwhile, here are the adults.

(I actually photographed them separately, within a few minutes of each other, but reversed the female and added her to the image of the male to be able to bring them together here.)

 

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26 Responses to Cardinals calling!

  1. ~mimo~ says:

    very cute in a cartoonish kind of way! Beautiful photo

    • krikitarts says:

      It had been raining steadily and they were both quite wet, which greately added to what you so aptly describe as their cartoonish cuteness. It served to plaster his crest down to the back of his head, but I was fascinated to what it did to hers–what a “do!”

  2. wolke205 says:

    Lucky you, what a photo! I have never seen them before – they are gorgeous! :)

  3. Wow, awesome editing. I never would have known!! And I love the mohawk hairstyle :)

    • krikitarts says:

      They aren’t at what most folks would call their best when they’re wet like that, but it makes for really interesting alternate impressions. I think I’ll have to do a follow-up when they are dry and customary.

  4. You shouldn’t have given away your secret

    • krikitarts says:

      No secret, David. I don’t do this often, but if I alter an image by putting something in that wasn’t there when I made the original exposure, I’ll tell you right up front.

  5. I sure hope they weren’t talking to you because it’s rather rude to talk with their mouths full. They are quite a couple!

    • krikitarts says:

      If they were , it’s probably a good thing that I couldn’t hear them, because I probably wouldn’t be able to print what they were saying;it was most likely way beyond rude. They’re shy and alert enough that they probably were quite aware that I was on the other side of the window, even though I hid most of myself behind a blanket.

  6. Seasonsgirl says:

    Great editing idea… you can’t tell.

  7. Finn Holding says:

    A pair of punk rockers!

  8. krikitarts says:

    You could be right, Finn! I can’t help but wondering, though, what would be their favorite music to groove to. Mayhap they’re a bit retro and like — dare I say it? — the Yardbirds? Or maybe Sheryl Crow? Paul McCartney’s Wings?

  9. krikitarts says:

    Thank you, Meanderer!

  10. Fergiemoto says:

    Well done bringing both photos together! They sure are an amusing pair.

  11. krikitarts says:

    Thank you, Fergie! I hope to get a full-family portrait with offspring in the near future…

  12. niki says:

    Well you did a good job! They look great together and very funny. I also like the hairstyle :)

  13. krikitarts says:

    Funny–yes. Every decent shot of each of them caught the bird with its beak full of sunflowe seed. Probably not the best first impression, but we all have to take what we can get.

  14. Adrian Lewis says:

    Excellent portraits, Gary – they look quite indignant! Adrian

    • krikitarts says:

      Aa good descriptor, Adrian. Probably because I hadn’t taken the time to camouflage myself very well, and was disturbing their attempt at an uninterrupted repast. How crude of me.

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