I was at Mitchell Lake outside San Antonio shooting promo images for Texas Audubon a couple of weeks ago. They had a Texas Parks and Wildlife expert banding birds and taking measurements before releasing them. One was this frisky little male cardinal. I tried to keep just the eyes sharp and let the rest of the image fade away to softness.
Bird banding of male cardinal, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Canon 1DX. 50mm. ISO 1000. f/4.5 @ 1/1000 second.