Texas Hill Country resident, Howard Cheek, recently won The Nature Conservancy’s third annual photo contest. His winning photo of a female cardinal making a water-hole landing in his backyard was one of 14,000 entries from around the world. Capturing Mrs. Cardinal descending for a drink was the result of patience, planning, and considerable skill on the part of the photographer.
View this outstanding photo of a female cardinal here, (may take several seconds to load), or wait for the Nature Conservancy’s 2010 calendar which will feature the photograph.
Reading the description of the incredible process involved to take such a remarkable photo helped me understand why my bird photographs fall mostly into the below average category. 🙂