Ms. Cardinal, and friend

Female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal - female (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

Here is a female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), perched on a field stone near the edge of my garden.  When I was composing the photo, I was concentrating so much on the cardinal that I did not notice her friend in the background until I uploaded the photo to my computer.   If you look carefully at the photo, you will see a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) behind Ms. Cardinal.  Both are regular visitors to our bird feeders.


kml said...

They must love your garden - all those hiding places in the rocks - just perfect for the timid Cardinals.

Becky said...

I love Cardinals. We have 3 pair this winter. Yes that sparrow could almost be missed. He blends in rather well.

Barbara Martin said...

There are several Cardinals that are frequent visitors to the park I visit near Lake Ontario. Lovely photo.

BNS said...

I guess we all love our cardinals! :-D


Anonymous said...

Very cool! Wonderful shot.

Unknown said...

WOW...that's a cool composition. These cardinals are so beautiful

BNS said...

Thanks, T and S. As it happened, the composition was almost accidental. I honestly didn't notice the sparrow until afterward.