Some of you may remember that I have only seen and photographed cardinals twice in my life, once in Buenos Aires, and recently in The Superstition Mountains in Arizona. (Tap to enlarge).
Meet Hawaiian Red Crested cardinals number 3 & 4 who have now become my very good friends!
Yep, we are in Hawaii and these guys hang out constantly in our backyard.
I am in cardinal heaven!
They are not afraid of us and especially,
enjoy joining us on the patio table for lunch!
After years of searching,
I have finally made some cardinal friends!
I hope word spreads and they bring over their buddies. We are hosting a variety of exotic and beautiful Hawaiian birds.
I will share more with you soon,
Until then, Aloha to you from Maui~
Love this Red Head Splendor. Beautiful captures. 🌹
He is a red headed beauty & thank you very much! დ
Lucky you Cindy! I hope it’s not a mooch at the table.
Delicate and well behaved at all times. (Wish I could say the same for myself!) დ
Wnderful! It seems that he pose for the photo. Thank’s for share, Cindy.
Lovely day! Aloha.
He is not the least bit camera shy! Aloha Elivra დ
Thank you, Cindy!
Congratulations on your new friendships! And they definitely know how to dress well. 😉 Beautiful photos!
They are indeed dressed to impress! დ
Wow.. I’ve never seen anything about this kind of Cardinal! Have shared via twitter.
Thank you so much & I am very happy you enjoyed him! დდ
How special! You seem to find feathered friends wherever you go.
I try and be sociable in this way!! 😉
“One day one of us will become a Pope!” Lol. Spectacular shots as always, my friend ʸ(ᴖ́◡ु⚈᷉)♡⃛
Or at least dress like one! 😉 დ
What a beauty!!! OMG! Fab shots, Cindy…wow!
Awwww…….So happy you like him! Cheers to you Resa დ
Such beautiful birds…
And so friendly too! დ
Sweet dispositions too დ
Aloha Derrick დ
What a colorful buddy!
They are the sweetest friends! დ
What a stunning bird, and so close to you too!
He appeared utterly unafraid. At one he hopped on my foot! დ
What a beauty!
With personalities to match!
How awesome. Beautiful friends. I am trying to befriend crows that like our yard. They visit at dawn and sit on the posts and trees. I talk to them and they caw back, so I try to respond in kind. By their reactions, I can tell I’m probably saying something ridiculous in crow. ^^ So Maui! So much beauty there. Thanks for sharing some of it. ♥.
I always talk with the ravens. They talk back too. Ravens/crows are such intelligent birds. They will remember you for talking to them for years! დ
Grazie mille დ
oh how different in colouring they are from the cardinals that live in my front yard.. delightful, mine are not overly social, they like to have the feeders to themselves.. not much for hanging around with the rest of the “regulars” bur I have both male and female.. this year I got to see them raise their young, well kind of.. here the male is the colourful one.. but i still love the look of the female..
I love the more subtle female colorations too. They are lovely. You are so lucky to have them nesting nearby. I would so love this! The Hawaiian versions are so friendly. They have the aloha spirit I guess! დ
Wow! Hawaii really has some interesting varieties of birds. Since moving to Ohio two years ago, cardinals are familiar visitors to our back yard and really stand out in the winter snow.
I love the images I have seen of cardinals in the snow. Something I have never seen in real life! დ
You’ve hit the jackpot dear lady, then may these visitors, visit often 🤣❤️🙏🏽
They are the most delightful visitors ever! დ
You should see our beautiful and stunning all red male cardinals here in Michigan. A favorite…
I would so love to see them! დ
They are beautiful! We have one Cardinal family in our backyard. They wake us up in the morning by their beautiful morning songs. However, local Cardinals have different colour of feathers. Male is totally coral and Female is grey with strong accent of coral inside.
Enjoy your vacation, Cindy!
They sound so gorgeous and unusual. I would love to see them and how lucky to have in your backyard! დ
The other nice thing with these birds, they are not seasonal and staying with us full year long. 🙂
So special. You become family.
Merci beaucoup Michelle დ
What a beauty! 🙂 I remember, I did see and photograph a Cardinal at Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, too… Maybe I’ll take a closer look into my picture archive later, and search for it. 😉
Have a fine day, dear Cindy, and stay safe!
Oh, I hope you find and post it! I would love to see the Waikiki Cardinal! დ
How interesting, a very different variety both in looks and behaviour, than the ones we have in Canada. Enjoy Hawaii!
I should be in Canada in time for the leaves to turn, so I will be on the lookout for your Cardinal. I have never seen one დ
What a great❣️ Thank you Cindy! Have fun in Hawaii. 😎
Cheers to you Val & thank you my friend დ
Your wish is the Universe’s command lol
These are beautiful birds and we do t get these in England. How large are they? Love their colouring. And the look inquisitive and friendly.
Super friendly and inquistivie. They hopped on my foot today! They are about the size of a house finch. So sweet! დ
Aww just wonderful they are so trusting. Thank you Cindy for sharing that with me. 💕
You do get around. That’s a very unusual looking cardinal. I went back to your post from the Superstition Mountains and somehow it didn’t fully register. I guess it was because I was still moving into my little abode in the White Mountains of AZ. 😉 The closest I’ve ever been to the Superstition Mountains was the mall in Phoenix. 🙂 No cardinals there. Enjoy Hawaii.
Until that time, I had never seen a Cardinal in Arizona, even though they are the state bird. But I am seeing and spending time with these Hawaiian guys and they are adorable დ
Fine birds. I didn’t know that some cardinals are multi-colored. Have a great day!
I didn’t either until I saw one on the ground in front of me in a park in Buenos Aires! დ
That last comment was from me. Computer issues. Hugs and have fun.
Thank you Marlene & take good care my friend დ
They are such striking birds! დ
A Cardinal Achievement indeed! Great studies.
Thank you Margaret. I am thrilled to be amongst them დ
I have never seen that type of cardinal! Wowzers and beautiful pictures! Looking forward to what next you bring us during your Hawaiian escapade!
So kind of you Dale & so appreciated too! Cheers to you my friend & thank you დ
My pleasure, Cindy! 🙂
Beautiful! I had never heard of Hawaiian Red Crested Cardinals! Nature is amazing!
Nature is indeed endlessly amazing. Happy you enjoyed Betty & cheers დ
Enjoy your new friends and other Hawaiian treasures Cindy. These are a very pretty cardinal. We have the more common variety in Arkansas and Virginia where I grew up. They are very fun and friendly. 😍
They are indeed very fun and friendly. Inquisitive too. Lovely little guys. Happy you have experienced this Brad & take care my friend დ
Very cool and very lovely.
Thanks very much Jim & cheers to you დ
These guys are gorgeous! The only kind of cardinal I’ve ever seen are the common red ones we have in Virginia. It’s lovely to see the unfamiliar color pattern in basically the same body.😊
Remarkable aren’t they. There is a yellow billed variety here that I would so love to see! დ
The colour combination is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you more for your very kind appreciation დ
I have never seen this Cardinal before, he’s very beautiful and knows how to strike a great pose! ❤️
He is a natural model isn’t he and very sweet too. Looks & personality, the who feathery package! Take good care John დ
Cardinals are one of my most favorite birds. We are very fortunate to have a lot of Northern Cardinals in our area. These pictures are wonderful – enjoy the rest of your stay!
There are Northern Cardinals in the islands too. I am keeping my eyes open for them. They would be a treat to spot. Lucky you live with them დ
👌🏻👍🏻. 📷. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Parallel evolution or early dispersion of the prehistoric species?
There are/used to be lots of unique native birds on Hawaii if I remember right. How in the hell did they get there, originally, I wonder. Blown off course from 3000 mile storms?
They were introduced to the islands in the 1930’s. There are actually three introduced species that thrive here, The Red Crested, The Northern, and The Yellow Billed. I don’t know if the introduction was purposeful or accidental. It is amazing, like Ring Necked Parakeets thriving in London დ
Amazing captures, Cindy. I love how their song stands out from other birds.
I have to listen more for this. Thank you for the tip Mary დ
Hooray for Cardinal friends! What spectacular birds they are. 😍 Enjoy your Hawaiian vacation!
Thank you so much Teresa & stay safe and well my friend დ
Come to Lancaster, PA, Cindy! We have cardinals all year round. 😘
I would so love that!!! დ
What wonderful photos. I want to reach out and pet the birds. <3
Thanks you so much Gigi for your kind thoughtfulness. You practically can! They are so friendly and do not appear afraid of people. დ
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Lucky you, Cindy — being in Hawaii! That’s on my Bucket List for one day. I’ve never heard of these Cardinals. Our Cardinals are brilliant red … all over. Except the females, of course, which are kind of a dull reddish brown. Golly, they’re so common here, but since you’re having trouble finding some to photograph, maybe I should snap a few photos of them just for you??
They are quite different aren’t they. That is so nice of you Debbie. Thank you. The fun is in the finding. The harder to find, the greater the pleasure. I’d love to see your photos of your cardinals though and I am sure others would too დ
I’ve never seen a cardinal with this coloring before. He’s a beauty!
He is so friendly and fun and a good looker too! დ
I’d love to have these beauties join me for lunch, Cindy!
Yes. They are the best company ever! დ
Wow! I’ve never seen one of these birds. What beautiful photos. So clear and bright. Wonderful pics, Cindy. Have a good time in Hawaii.
They are gorgeous little guys aren’t they. So happy you enjoyed them & thanks much my friend დ
Gorgeous! I remember seeing them in Hawaii too.
They are so friendly which is wonderful დ
They are beautiful! What a treat.
Yes, I am so thrilled they are here with us! დ
WOW! They are beautiful
They are! Thank you June დ
Gorgeous colors! Enjoy your travels! 🌊
Thanks so much Michele & cheers to you დ
Every post that you create is an achievement, Cindy. Thank you!!!!
You are a lovely friend Rebecca. Thank you დ
An interesting Cardinal species. He looks like he is dressed up in someone else’s shirt and coat! 😀
He does!!! It looks like a very dashing tuxedo 😉 დ
Fantastic photos of your friend Mr. Cardinal!
Thanks much Peter & happy you enjoyed დ
Did you see little sassy cute females too? 😊
Also please find mele mele’s relatives 🐤🐤🙏🏾💕
hmmmmmm……..Is that a myna relative? I have of course found many and love them! დ
Saffron Finch 💕🐤
Ooooooh! I would love to find this. Where should I look?
Beach Park for sure ✨🐤💕
short grassy areas along the coasts and in open lawns.
The reds are so pretty! I recall of course the sight in Buenos Aires ^_^
Yes! It is the same bird. Native to South America დ
Such beautiful colours… Cindy please could you contact me on email@example.com as we would love to feature you and your photography in our Five at Five Series. xx
I am honored. Thank you. I will. Until then, thank you very much დ
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Cindy—Enjoy your time in Hawaii, and your red cardinals! Thanks for the pictures. 🙂
Thank you more Katie for your always kind appreciation დ
Beautiful and so different from ours, which are completely red and brilliant during mating season. The females are brown with a dusky red head.
I have never seen a Northern Cardinal. I would so love too დ
What beautiful birds! Enjoy Hawaii!!
Thank you Ann & take good care დ
So lovely, Cindy. We don’t have Cardinals In California and I love seeing them each year when we spend time on Maui! I have researched them a little and they originally were brought to Hawaii from South America.
Yes, three species of cardinals were introduced from South America in the early 1900’s and are still here, The Nothern, The Yellow Billed, and the Red Crested. I originally saw the Red Crested in Buenos Aires which shocked me. I next saw it this year in Arizona which surprised me. Now I have cardinal friends on the table in Maui which thrills me. Life is good if your a cardinal! დ
Cindy, thank you once again for sharing your beautiful photographs! They always give me joy.
Thank you Charles for being so kind to me. You are so appreciated დ
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Thank you for sharing Cindy and Charles! What a colourful treat and how very fortunate to see and photograph those colourful creatures up so close and personal! Such a treat.
Yes, Thank you Joy. I felt the birdie conference of cardinals blessed me! I felt fully blessed დ
Wonderful! I’ve never seen these. Look forward to photos from Hawaii!
So happy you are traveling with me Eileen, you make the experience better. Take good care my friend დ
Great photos, thank your.
Thank you more for appreciating them Marie დ
Come to our garden – you trip over cardinals! Love your Hawaiian Cardinal.
Okay. What time would be convenient???? 😉
What an amazing type of cardinal!! Thanks for showing them to us!
I have seen them in three places in the world, three times. I fell thrice blessed. So happy you enjoyed them Kathy & be well my friend დ
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Yes! I saw so much of the amazing wild birds and wildlife of incredible Brazil when we went up The Amazon. The first Cardinal I ever saw was in Buenos Aires. The second, years later in Arizona. Both were native to South America, and were Red Crested Cardinals. Now I have two Red Crested Cardinals that are my friends here in Maui where they have adapted and are doing very well. Life is good for these sweet birdies დ
Feeling fully blessed by their presence. Birds I have always wanted to spend time with დ
“…flock together.” 🙂
We do. The only thing I am missing is the feathers and the wings.
Such pretty birds, thank you for sharing your awesome shots, Cindy.
Awww. Thank you so much. I am not seeing your blog posts and I miss you? It could be WP deleting followers. How are you? I have been thinking about you and missing your posts. დ
They really are დ
Hawaiin cardinal, how beautiful.
They are beautiful little creatures, inside and out დ
They are, and they are so inquisitive and fun to interact with დ
What a lovely redhead! Occasionally, I spot cardinals in my yard—both male and female—but not often.
I wish I did! But they visit daily here now which is so wonderful for me. You are lucky დ
What a gorgeous bird, Cindy! Seems he likes posing for the camera.
There are a pair here everyday. They hope in the patio door! Heaven for me დ
Wow! What a beautiful new friend.
There are a pair of them here everyday. Heaven for me დ
Absolutely gorgeous bird and fabulous captures, Cindy!!
So honored and pleased. Thank you very much & cheers დ
We live on Cardinal Drive in West Columbia, South Carolina – and I think our “cardinals” in the back yard must really be red birds after your Hawaii Cardinals!! Just gorgeous – have a fabulous time!
I would love visiting your street! I am seeing cardinals everyday and loving it. I saw a yellow billed one today დ
You are welcome any time, Cindy!
Beautiful captures Cindy
That is a nice looking Cardinal you have hanging out in your backyard, and Capture some stunningly beautiful photographs of it, just beautiful.
Thank you so much John. Most appreciated. The birdies come right in our lanai door. I love it! Hope all is well with you! დ
Awww!!! These are so GREAT!!! I’m rejoicing with you at both your new cardinal friends and your HEAVENLY location! Soak it up!!
We are loving our time here. Today we swam with around 8 big green sea turtles. Awesome! დ
Oh my goodness!! What a fantastic, Heavenly experience!! 😍🙌🏻
Lovely red created cardinals!
Good for you. I wouldn’t mind my own cardinal visitors at the patio. 🙂
They are really sweet little birds დ
Aloha and wowsa! Stunning birds.
I am so jazzed to hang out with them! დ
This is the first cardinal I have seen that isn’t fully red. From a distance do people mistake them for woodpeckers? Beautiful!
I saw my first one in a park in Buenos Aires. I didn’t know they were native there. It was immediately identifiable to me as a cardinal. Looked distinctly cardinalish! 😉 Woodpeckers are bigger birds დ
It was the tuft of red that made me think of woodpeckers, and yes they are much bigger. We’re lucky to have red cardinals here. The full red against winter snow is especially beautiful.
I saw my first northern cardinal a few days ago in Hawaii. Gorgeous, but I didn’t have my camera. Still I finally saw one! დ
They are beautiful Cindy and what a privilege to have developed such a wonderful connection with them. I think our own garden birds and their antics have been such a boost over the last two or three years particularly and I am envious… and the fact you are in Hawaii… love the Islands and we are way overdue another visit. ♥♥
You are so lucky to have them in your garden Sally. I hope you visit Hawaii soon Sally. It will be better in the fall and winter, than mid-summer, with the attendant crowds and prices დ
They look bigger than ours, but maybe that’s because of the close-up perspective. Fantastic shots, Cindy.
I actually saw a Northern Cardinal yesterday in Hawaii. My first ever, but I didn’t have my camera. Still, it was a thrill დ
Very cool bird glad you enjoyed your trip. Have a great week.
Thank you Eunice & take good care my friend დ
Thanks Cindy I am trying, 8 weeks out I can do much more with a little less pain.
This is a different one from the traditional ones…
Yes. He is native to South America, but has settled in on Hawaii! დ
Congratulations on your Cardinal friends! They are very beautiful and clearly full of character too…I want Cardinal friends tooooooo!!😅
I must admit they make the very best friends, and they love to come into the house unannounced, which is not annoying at all, as it might be with human visitors! 😉 😉
Ooh! I would have no complaints if they were to make an unannounced isn’t to my home either😃
Beautiful birds and thanks to you I get to see one up close!
Smiling! You make me happy I posted დ
That’s great! I’m happy to hear. 🙂