I keep going back through my old archives when I have spare time. Today when I was adding photos to my flickr page, I came across this Northern Cardinal ( Cardinalis cardinalis) image that I had taken with my old Canon 40D back in 2008.
We were sitting in the bird blind at San Angelo State Park, when it flew in and perched atop a desert sumac. I had my Canon 500mm with a 1/4 tele-converter attached, mounted on a tripod with a Wimberley II gimbal head. Exposure was 1/500 sec. @ f5.6, ISO 500. Center weighted metering with aperture priority.
I love the flashy color of the cardinals. They are one of my favorite birds to photograph because they are naturally photogenic. Click on the image to see an enlargement. Also, click on the Flickr logo on the right side of this page and have a look at some other work of mine.