Isn’t this an intense look? Male cardinals have an image problem…in my professional opinion.
I think a simple change by Mother Nature could solve the whole issue. I’d suggest that the less dark feathers to the side of the eye, (see arrow), add to the impression of a stern demeanor.
An easy fix would be to add some interesting eyelashes and replace the black feathers under the beak with red feathers.
I’m aware that this is a radical proposal…but I think many cardinals would like to soften their, “look”.
This adorable bird is a rosefinch. This is a male, and apparently they molt and then the new feathers come in, dull at first and then they get redder with “wear”. I wonder exactly what that means? I’m guessing that means “use”, lots of wing flapping and flying.
We humans should be like that. The older we got, the more shiny and pretty we’d get. We experience “use”, lots of use, but I haven’t noticed myself getting brighter. Bummer.
Who can resist the beautiful male cardinal? Not me.
I’VE NEVER SEEN THE FEATHERS ON THE HEAD UP LIKE THIS BEFORE. IS THIS A FORM OF AIR DRYING THE FEATHERS? I SUPPOSE USING A BLOW DRYER MIGHT CREATE A FEW PROBLEMS…
I IMAGINE IF ONE FEATHER DOESN’T DRY RIGHT AND LAY FLAT IT MIGHT AFFECT THEIR FLIGHT ABILITIES.
I’M GUESSING THAT THIS IS A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. NONE OF THE OTHERS HAVE THE RED FEATHERS ON THEIR HEAD IN QUITE THE SAME WAY.