This is the first of a new series focusing on the wildlife I see in my own backyard. I’ll be documenting any new species that visit throughout the year. To kick it off, a pair of cardinals have been frequent visitors during the past few mornings.

Canon 80D – 150-600mm – 562mm – f6.3 – 1/250 – ISO 500

The female cardinal blended in well with the fallen pine needles and the fence. She hung around cleaning her beak on the wood, and happened to turn my way as the camera shutter clicked.

Canon 80D – 150-600mm – 562mm – f6.3 – 1/250 – ISO 500

Upon hearing the call of the male cardinal in the bushes, she quickly turned around and flew off.

Canon 80D – 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/1250 – ISO 2000

The male came by the next day, following a decent dumping of snow. He spent quite a bit of time on the bird feeder, and didn’t seem to mind the sound of the camera.

Canon 80D – 18-135mm – 135mm – f5.6 – 1/4000 – ISO 2000

The newly fallen snow and vibrant green of the pine tree provided great contrast for his bright red plumage.