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Old Jul 12, 2006, 11:32 PM   #1
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Croped, resized and some PP

He has been arround for a about a month along with a female cardinal. Don't know why he has filled out solid color.
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 4:51 AM   #2
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has the shot been heavily cropped, the bird is well out of focus?




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Old Jul 13, 2006, 8:17 AM   #3
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Yes, I did crop it heavily, as I was trying to determine if he was just missing feathers or was this a natural coloring. The bird has been around the feeder for months looking like this. I expected him to fill out to solid red color, but so far hasn't.
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 8:27 AM   #4
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I hope it is that he is young...as I have quite a few here this year that look like that and I had never noticed that in previous years.

I hope its not an illness.
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 8:32 AM   #5
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Thanks for replying Gene. I too was wondering if it is might be an illness. I thought maybe it was because he is young, but as I mentioned he has been here several months. At least, I believe it to be the same bird.
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 9:15 AM   #6
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We have a lot of Cardinals around here (east Texas), too, with that rather unsightly appearance. Seems like I read somewhere that Cardinals go through a molting process periodically...maybe that accounts for it.
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Thanks Drobie, that may well explain it. Guess, before I really got interested in photographing birds, I was too busy to really notice.

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Might be a bad case of parasites going around as I noticed alot of the local birds seem to be spending alot of time working out on themselves and rolling in the sand vigerously like this little one.
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 11:16 AM   #9
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Also found this Cardinal shot from a day or two ago I had forgotten about till just now
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Old Jul 13, 2006, 12:57 PM   #10
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I dont know about your native birds, but at this time of the year alot of adult birds are looking a little tatty, mainly down to a lack of time to preen themselves as they have young in the nest.
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