I had to return to Illinois a couple of weeks ago for personal reasons. While there I hoped to be able to shoot all sorts of new critters.
One of those critters, though not new, was a Cardinal. I found several willing subjects and one bird in particular stood out.
Cardinals don’t exist in my area of the country, so it is always a treat to photograph them.
But one Cardinal sure took the cake. Named “Grandpa” by the people who see him daily, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Grandpa was a very skittish bird. Any time I tried to get an image of him that was not through the patio glass door, he flew away. Although a bit soft, this was one of the better images of him I captured.
Someone mentioned that this bird was probably in the molt. However, birds generally molt after the breeding season, then again before it. This fellow includes a mal-formed bill, along with the bald spots. Which leads me to believe he has some sort of disease.
If the person who was responsible for making the Cardinal the Illinois state bird had seen this instead of the top bird, I doubt it would have been selected.
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