NORTHERN CARDINAL, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, DECEMBER 31, 2012
Sigma 135-400 at 300mm
1/20 sec. f8
Actually this is the last one of 2012. It was taken during oncoming dusk late in the afternoon of Dec. 31, with the help of a couple of backyard floodlights mounted on the house about 15 feet away from the birdbath. I was especially happy to catch the cardinal's eye, which so often disappears into the bird's dark facial feathers.