I had always considered the female northern cardinal to be dull and rather bland looking when compared to the bright red males, until I started photographing them.
I had never noticed how their tail and wing feathers are tinged with shades of blue and gray. They are just as beautiful as the males, and if you catch them in bright sunlight their highlighted feathers really stand out.
I have been setting up my camera at Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland to capture images of birds transiting to and from the feeders in the park.
The cardinals never disappoint and seem to enjoy being photographed. They are not as skittish as some of the other species at this location.