On a warm December afternoon I took a little time to do some bird watching and photography. There were a couple of male cardinals hanging around the yard and I managed to capture this one sitting on the fence.
Virginia’s state bird can be difficult to photograph. The Northern Cardinal normally keeps at a safe distance from people so it’s hard to get really close to them. The male’s brilliant red color can also make exposure and even focus difficult at times. I captured this one in open shade and that seems to have resolved the color issues.