The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a very noticeable bird. Growing up in New England, it was one of the first birds that I learned to recognize. I miss it out here on the West Coast and always look forward to seeing when I return East and, one of these days, I hope to capture one of those iconic ‘Cardinal in the snow” images.
Given its name, you might not expect to see it on a visit to South Texas for a few days of bird photography, but there it was – a favorite and familiar bird among all those South Texas specialties, like Crested Caracara, Scissor-tailed flycatcher and Green Jay.
I was happy to get multiple opportunities to photograph the Northern Cardinal -- males in their flashy red feathers, females more subdued but equally recognizable, and even recently fledged juveniles – engaged in a variety of interesting behaviors.