Cardinals in Snow

.

We got caught in the surprise snowstorm that swept across the mid-Atlantic Sunday, dumping 9-10″ on us locally.  The filled feeders kept my backyard birds fueled and energized, which kept me delightfully entertained for the last couple days shooting from my back door.

So bright and beautiful against snow is our Northern Cardinals.  I probably spent more time running to try to photograph them more than any other bird.  Here are some of my favorites from the last two days.

.

DSC_1515-1 010322

Northern Cardinal (male)

.

DSC_1747-1 010422

Northern Cardinal (male)

.

DSC_1779-1 010422

Northern Cardinal (female)

.

DSC_1827-1 010422

Eating snow gives you…..

.

DSC_1832-1 010422

A milk mustache!

.

DSC_1853-1 010422

Northern Cardinal (male)

.

DSC_1877-1 010422

Northern Cardinal (male)

.

DSC_1542-1 010322

Northern Cardinal (male)

.

DSC_1954-1 010422

Northern Cardinal (female)

.

More ‘snow’ birds next post!

.
.

64 thoughts on “Cardinals in Snow

    • Thank you, Deborah! I’ve been hoping for some snow this winter just so I could see and hopefully get some good Cardinal photos in it. My hopes came early with this surprise snow! 🤗😊🤗

      I can only imagine the majestic views you have with snow! Stay warm too!

    • Thank you, Vic! They are entertaining for sure! We were forecast to only get an inch or two the day prior. Ours was a pretty surprise! Schools are closed again today, kids are enjoying it for sure.

  1. Wow, that must have been a colorful experience. A really contrasting color explosion with clear skies, greenery, sparkling white snow and a red exclamation mark in the middle of all this.

    • I love your perfect description, Hans! I am watching them again this morning. 😊 We are back to cloudy skies, and the snow has been falling off the laden trees. But I still have ops on the snow ground!

    • Thank you, Rudi! I love Cardinals and their contrast with snow is perfect. I was so hoping for some winter snow (we don’t get much), this storm was a beautiful surprise! 🙂

  2. I only know cardinals from our hobby breeding in aviaries. I’ve never seen it like this in the great outdoors. I am very happy about such photos

    • Thank you, Werner! More than half our country hosts these hardy birds. And it’s every bird photographer’s dream to capture them in snow scenes. I finally got my wish! 😊

  3. Beautiful pictures, Donna. Yes, Cardinals are the best ones to capture against the snow. I kept waiting for one of our foxes to make an appearance against the snow, but it didn’t happen.

  4. There’s something special about cardinals in the snow. Beautiful captures, Donna! I love the snow mustaches and how the snow is covering the feet in the last two pictures. 🙂

    • Thank you, Simon! Yes, it is holly. I have a huge holly between three junipers. The birds love those four trees! I’m working my you-know-what off on trying to get birds and holly berry shots, but they are evading me very well. Stinkers! 😉

  5. Beautiful captures, Donna! What a great yard you have for these birds – no wonder they like posing for photographs. My cardinals reliably show up only at the crack of dawn and dusk, so they are less visible to predators, or at least I imagine that’s their strategy.

    • Thank you, Lisa! It’s been a lot of fun last couple days standing at my backdoor and shooting birds. I’ve been surprised how many Cardinals we have around, many more than I thought, which is a huge delight for me. 🙂

  6. I love cardinals. Unfortunately we don’t have them here in the middle of the Atlantic (Azores). When I was 7 or 8 (early 90s) we used to received mostly those beautiful Christmas postcards from our family in the East Coast by mail and by that time the US post had an amazing collection of stamps featuring American birds and it was frequent to get the cardinal (I think it was a 30c stamp).

Leave a Reply to Ted Jennings - TPJ Photography Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: