As attested to in these pages (here and here), I love the Northern Cardinal. Ya gotta love a bird that’s not afraid to be seen or heard. But, like all birds smaller than, say, a great blue heron, they’re a pain to photograph:
- They flit around, refusing to land.
- When they do land, it’s typically in the topmost branches of trees, challenging the power of my telephoto lens and the steadiness of my arms.
So when I do get a decent photo, as with this one on the Patagonia State Park bird walk in southern Arizona, I’m delighted.