For over a month, I’ve occasionally seen this beautiful male Cardinal in Prospect Park on my morning hikes, but always had the wrong camera with me. Yesterday, I spotted him while carrying my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR. He and his mate (yesterday’s post) are nesting in the area behind the statue of Lafayette.
A little over a month ago, I was walking just inside Prospect Park, when I saw a male Cardinal. For a city boy, accustomed to pigeons and starlings and robins, seeing a male Cardinal is quite a sight.
Photographing with with the iPhone was useless; the wide angle lens is just not appropriate. So I began carrying my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, with my 28-300 mm telephotos lens.
Every morning I took my DSLR, the bird was nowhere to be seen. If I brought only my iPhone, he was always right there, but too far away to capture with that lens.
Once I saw a female Cardinal, but the iPhone couldn’t capture her.
I got plenty of great images with my Canon on other days; but no Cardinals.
And then yesterday rolled around.
Around 6:05 AM Saturday, I saw and photographed the female shown above, a few yards inside the Park, behind the statue of Lafayette on Prospect Park West.
Female Cardinals are beautiful birds, but their plumage is nowhere near as colorful as the male.
A moment later, she flew away, and in her place landed her mate.
I’ll finally get to post his photo here tomorrow.
Ahab, I’ve found my white whale!