Tuesday, July 19, 2016


A male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) passes food to a youngster. The plumage color of the males is produced from carotenoid pigments in the diet. Young birds, both male and female, show coloring similar to the adult female until the fall, when they molt and grow adult feathers.

Photo # KS9_1921c. July, 2016.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.


Lisa Gordon said...

What perfect timing here, Kelly, and they are just adorable.

Kelly Shipp said...

Thanks Lisa