One Patient Cardinal

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Walking past my bedroom window recently, I saw a Cardinal sitting outside in a nearby tree. I liked what I saw, what with the way the light was “working” with the bird and the tree leaves, and since I had may iPhone handy I tried to hold its camera lens close to the window glass. No good. I said to myself “Please don’t fly away bird” while I went to get my telephoto lens camera. Coming back to the window I was happy to see the bird still there, although it’s position had shifted a bit. I held the camera lens tight to the window glass, steadied it carefully and took the shot. I didn’t have time to check the camera’s monitor to see the result, before the redbird flew away. It was like it knew I’d reached my objective to capture the moment. I had. As you can see. One patient bird for sure.

I needed this …

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Looking out our kitchen window while making a cup of coffee recently, I saw that our two bird feeders were mostly empty. It’s been very cold here in SW Virginia, and I know birds need the warmth provided by food. So, I cleaned out the feeders and filled them to the top. Walking back inside to get my just-made coffee I looked out the window again and saw this bright red Cardinal, pecking away at some of the seed that had spilled on the ground while I was filling the feeders. I suspect my favorite type bird had been waiting for me to come “do my duty” while sitting above watching from overhanging trees. After I made this photo, he flew away temporarily, apparently satisfied. My mood improved significantly after seeing the Cardinal taking advantage of our feeders. They need me, and I need them.