Male and Female Northern Cardinals (sc 2018-03-21)
Cardinals picking up sunflower seeds that had fallen from the railing to the boardwalk.
The separate images are in my Bird Encounters gallery, the same parent gallery as this montage. The image for the female was flipped for the montange, so she'd be facing the male.
I took these on a trip to see the heron rookery, where I discovered that about a dozen herons had already taken up residence. That's just a small fraction of the total heron, egret, and double-crested cormorant population that will call the rookery home eventually.
Wildwing Lake (my location mapped)
Kensington Metropark, Michigan
Taken March 20, 2018 (1st day of spring)
I too love Cardinals. I've oftentimes wondered why in the world of birds, the male is the most lovely and colorful. I truly get that its about the attraction and the drawing in of the female's interest. But I do find it interesting that in the human race, it is generally the female that is the most colorful and flamboyant to draw the males into her realm. Great shots and super comparison.