A “Collage” of Cardinals

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Reviewing my last couple weeks’ photos of winter birds, I realized I have accumulated a collection of cooperative Northern Cardinals – at least the males, the females still being rather shy. And often the pictures were taken in what seemed like the worst conditions – wind blowing so hard I wonder how the bird was staying perched. I can’t resist taking pictures of these bright, cheery fellows, especially this time of year when everything else looks less colorful.

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Although I have never seen a group of more than perhaps four or five cardinals at a time, the most common group “name” is a college of cardinals. Since I don’t have a picture of a college, I decided upon collage instead.

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Since I have started feeding the crows pretty regularly at Millennium Park, the cardinals have been showing up too. The male above was gutsy enough to get a peanut after much deliberation in the falling snow, a chorus of three crows watching him from above but (surprisingly) not chasing him away.

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The wind sometimes makes a mess of crests…

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Occasionally, a cardinal will engage the lens, rather than avoid it…

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Below, a couple more photos from Crabtree Nature Center, where the cardinals were everpresent…

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And my last cardinal looks to me like he’s smiling, on a sunny day.

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10 thoughts on “A “Collage” of Cardinals

    • Thanks, Linda! There are other group names for cardinals, I probably should have mentioned, like a “Vatican” of cardinals (?) but I went for the alliteration. 🙂

  1. Lovely cardinal collage, Lisa. I think winter is the best time to photograph cardinals. The winter background really shows off their beauty. We have mountains and cardinals. 🙂

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