When did you take this photo?
Where did you take this photo?
Kentucky/Rockport, front porch, river runs by about 150 yards away. There are wooded areas nearby, and it's a rural town with lots of bushes and trees.
How do you attract northern cardinals to your backyard?
Well, I know there are lots of cardinals in my area, I walk to the river about three times a week and see several there, plus there are bushes and trees across the road from where I live that they like so I know they have to travel across my yard to get from one place to another, so it's pretty easy for me. I have a barn shaped feeder in my back yard that they love, seen as many as six or seven there at one time as well as many other birds. Also I put a plate of seed on my porch sometimes and take pictures through my window. Actually I had to cut all the trees in my yard down due to storm damage, but there are plenty areas for them nearby.
Tips and Tricks
- Take lots of photos, and of course get accustomed to your camera.
- Set up feeders where you know they will find them and where you can raise a window or obscure yourself from them seeing you to take photos.
Melissa Mayntz, About.com Birding / Wild Birds, says:
It is a great idea to get used to your camera, and every camera's settings are different. Taking a lot of photos can also help you discover what settings may work for these birds in the winter, so you can get the true red plumage colors against the snow.
See the complete northern cardinal profile.