On March 7, 2023, I had the pleasure of photographing a male Northern Cardinal at my bird feeder in Arkansas. The Northern Cardinal, also known as the redbird, is a common bird in this area and is easily recognizable by its bright red plumage, distinctive crest, and black mask around its eyes.

Photographing The Male Northern Cardinal

Photographing The Male Northern Cardinal

As I watched the bird feed on sunflower seeds from my window, I was struck by its bold and confident behavior. The Northern Cardinal is not a shy bird and is known for its strong territorial behavior, which makes it a delight to observe and photograph. It is also a year-round resident in Arkansas, and it can be found in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, gardens, and suburban areas.

To capture this stunning bird, I used my Canon R7 camera with a Canon RF 100-500 F4.5 – 7.1 L IS USM lens. The lens allowed me to zoom in close and capture the intricate details of the bird’s feathers, while the camera’s high-resolution sensor captured the vibrant colors and textures of the bird’s plumage.

To get closer to the bird without spooking it, I used my pickup truck as a blind. I parked the truck near the bird feeder, rolled down the window, and used a beanbag to stabilize my camera on the window ledge. This allowed me to capture sharp, detailed images without disturbing the bird or interrupting its natural behavior.

Overall, photographing the male Northern Cardinal at my bird feeder was a memorable and rewarding experience. This bird’s bold behavior, unique physical characteristics, and stunning plumage make it a true joy to observe and photograph. With the right equipment and techniques, anyone can capture the beauty and wonder of these magnificent birds in their natural habitat.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


I photographed this Northern Cardinal from inside my pickup parked in my driveway. I had my camera and lens resting on a beanbag draped over an open window.

  • Location: Lavaca (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: March 7, 2023 (08:09 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 6400 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

Here is a Pine Warbler I photographed on this same day: Enjoying Pine Warblers in Arkansas