Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #80~ Female Cardinal @ -20°F Windchill

Taken with Canon Power Shot SX260HS 20X lense
through glass door
untouched
Our state bird in KY.
Taken January 6 with temperture about -4F and windchill of -20F.  
Notice how feathers are  "puffed or fluffed" to trap their body heat.

Gimp: Filter, Enhance, Unsharp Mask
Gimp: Filter, Enhance, Unsharp Mask
 Gimp: Filter, Enhance, Unsharp Mask
Baby? 
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14 comments:

  1. Lovely captures, she's a beauty!

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  2. No wonder she's all puffed up. Beautiful beautiful bird and lovely processing work. I need to look into some of those programs.

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  3. We get a lot of cardinals in the non-winter months around here. Not so many now.
    POSH

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  4. She is grogeous! Great shots! Teresa from NanaHood.com

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  5. WOW! Great capture! We don't see many of those birds around my house....or at least I haven't seen them. Here is to hoping for warmer temps for you :)

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  6. Really lovely close up shots, the Cardinal, is one of my fav. American birds, hope we don't get your temps over here in the UK.
    aLL the best Gordon.

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  7. Such a pretty girl. Don't you wonder how they stay warm in these cold temps.

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  8. Love these cute little ladies. I think I prefer them to the showier males.

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  9. Pretty shots of the Cardinals..Have a happy weekend!

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  10. Great feather detail! The female cardinals are one of my favorites.

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  11. These are fantastic shots! We have a couple of cardinal families on our property and love to watch them at our feeders.

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