Cardinalis sinuatus
The Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) might be considered a southwestern cousin of the Northern Cardinal. This denizen of the desert scrub is common in parts of south and west Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The two different males in the first two photos here were in Kenedy Co., Texas, in March, 2000. They were photographed with a Canon EOS 3 and EF 600mm F/4 L lens and 1.4X extender on Fuji Velvia.
The female shown here was at the same location as the first two images of males.
The male at right was photographed in Kenedy Co., Texas in February, 2002, with the same equipment as the earlier shots.
The male Pyrrhuloxia shown here was a digital shot near Fort Lancaster, Crockett Co., Texas, in September, 2005, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender. The bird is eating juniper berries along the roadside.
The next two shots at right were taken near Edinburg, Hidalgo Co., Texas, in February, 2006, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The next eight shots at right were all taken in Hidalgo Co., Texas during spring and early summer, 2006, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens.
The next two shots shown here were taken in Starr Co., Texas, in April, 2007, with the same gear as the preceding images.
The next six images of male and female Pyrrhuloxias were all taken in Catalina, Pima Co., Arizona, in March, 2009, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and either an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens or an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens, depending on the shot.