Why do Northern Cardinals usually look mad/pissed off?

@JolietJake (51144)
United States
March 24, 2018 9:47am CST
This one doesn't, for once. But I've noticed most photos I take of cardinals they look like they are cursing me out or something. And they aren't 'bad' birds...they don't hate everyone or anything, but all my pictures normally show one that looks like it has a rotten attitude. Usually they have an expression like "Get that damn camera out of my face!!!" Scar seems to do that often too.
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@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
24 Mar
I can't get close enough to see one's face that well. Once in a while we get them at the bird feeders in our back yard. I like to see them, they are so beautiful.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
We've got a big picture window in the living room and we feed them maybe 15 feet in front of it, so I can stand in the living room and zoom in for some pretty good shots
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@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
24 Mar
@JolietJake I can't get a good pic from our back window of any of the birds.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
@Susan2015 My worst problem is my auto-focus gets weird sometimes and blurs shots
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@LadyDuck (157722)
• Switzerland
24 Mar
May be that this is what they are thinking (Scar included).
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
Scar almost has 'the look' perfected
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@LadyDuck (157722)
• Switzerland
24 Mar
@JolietJake This is a perfect look, he was pretty upset here. I am sure he loves to be left alone. He is a beautiful cat, I think he knows.
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@ridingbet (53165)
• Philippines
12 Apr
@JolietJake i like Scar's look.
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@andriaperry (50911)
• United States
24 Mar
I have several dozen that lives in these woods around the house, their wives too.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
I got a few good shots of a pair the other day
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@Marty1 (33621)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
25 Mar
May I ask how you can tell the difference between a male and female since you said the bird's wives you see?
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25 Mar
LOL funny you have this post. I have TONS of Red Cardinals where I live and do notice that they have that "look" on their faces. LOL They are most certainly the most beautiful birds I have ever seen though. :-)
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
25 Mar
I get them throughout the day, but they seem to especially feed at dawn and dusk when it is dim and harder for predators to see them
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@ramapo17 (24060)
• Melbourne, Florida
14 May
@JolietJake I am amazed to see so many in one spot. Simply beautiful.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
14 May
@ramapo17 A few winters ago I took a shot with 21 males/females showing
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• United States
25 Mar
at least they only look that way..blue jays on the other hand,are that way. the ones around here will think nothing about going after people.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
25 Mar
Yes, the jays have attitude...beautiful color, but horrible manners
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@ramapo17 (24060)
• Melbourne, Florida
14 May
Blue jays are very nasty.
@ramapo17 (24060)
• Melbourne, Florida
20 May
@JolietJake Sounds like some people I know.
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@Tina30219 (34237)
• Onaway, Michigan
24 Mar
I have heard things about cardinals I have heard that if you see one by your place it is a loved one that you have lost keeping a eye on you. I don’t believe in them.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
Here's a set of three female and three male I shot today
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@ramapo17 (24060)
• Melbourne, Florida
14 May
I have always heard the same thing so when I see one I always say, hi mom.
@Tina30219 (34237)
• Onaway, Michigan
14 May
@ramapo17 I am glad I am not the only one.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
24 Mar
Maybe they are telling you to put the camera away..
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
Three males in the tree out front today
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
24 Mar
@JolietJake beautiful. I'm looking out at snow.
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@ramapo17 (24060)
• Melbourne, Florida
14 May
@JolietJake This is a great picture. It is unusual to see one cardinal but three of them at once is amazing.
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@sabtraversa (13326)
• Italy
24 Mar
They're always happy, but can't smile. Stop making fun of them. Most of their expression comes from the beak, I think. Well, they gotta defend themselves somehow, the color doesn't help.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
They really show up when it snows
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@sabtraversa (13326)
• Italy
24 Mar
@JolietJake Definitely, they wouldn't survive against predators if they didn't have that grumpy menacing expression.
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@Jessabuma (28567)
• Baguio, Philippines
24 Mar
Well, maybe that's their real image.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
Something about their visage always looks like they have an attitude
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@Jessabuma (28567)
• Baguio, Philippines
24 Mar
@JolietJake I think so. But I didn't experience to see them in person all my life
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@TheHorse (65905)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Mar
Is that a male?
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
28 Mar
Yep, the females aren't that red, they look like this (female on left, male on right)
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@jstory07 (67167)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 Mar
I do not even have time to get my camera the birds just fly off. There was a Hugh black bird on our fence and I told it to stay and ran in to get the camera and it waited until I got back and flew off.
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@ramapo17 (24060)
• Melbourne, Florida
14 May
I always keep my cell phone in my pocket in case of things like that or if I fall and can't get up.
@sallypup (27123)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Mar
Cardinals are not part of the habitat over here. I sure wish they were.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
Looks like there are about 12 states in the western part of the country they aren't seen in.
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@wolfgirl569 (4879)
• Marion, Ohio
24 Mar
We have a few here. I love to watch them.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
I've gotten 20 in one shot before, they're fairly thick here
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@JohnRoberts (57143)
• Los Angeles, California
24 Mar
Either that or they are p.o'd that the St Louis Cardinals will not have a good season this year.
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
No, that would be my Dad...he's a big Cardinals fan
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@Hate2Iron (7858)
• Canada
24 Mar
It's been a couple of years since I saw my last cardinal and we just happened to be living in Illinois. I miss those little guys!!
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
24 Mar
I have several out front daily since we put food out every day.
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@ridingbet (53165)
• Philippines
12 Apr
oh, maybe their eyes are fierce?
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@Srbageldog (8602)
• United States
25 Mar
They have b*tchy resting face. It happens to the best of us.
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• Philippines
25 Mar
Maybe this is were they got the angry bird from. I hope they don't attack you or something.
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@Bluedoll (17069)
• Canada
25 Mar
Where is a red leaf when you need one?
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@Corbin5 (106509)
• United States
24 Mar
I think it is the black mask. A bandito of sorts! Great shot of that cardinal!
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