Cardinal in the mirror

We have a significant build-up of memory cards that have yet to be sorted. We keep these memory cards in a jar. Whenever we are waiting for a video to render or have spare time (whatever that is), we pick a card and sort it.

While digging through the jar last night I came across a male Northern Cardinal I photographed on a state park truck side mirror while staying in Caprock Canyons State Park. 

The cardinal was rather occupied with the mirror, jumping around on top and   pecking at it. This provided not just a photo opportunity, the bird remained in the location for a duration of time, but a look at animal behavior.

The male cardinal caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror and was alerted to a rival male’s presence in his territory. What we are seeing is a bird in the throws of a territorial battle! Check out his fancy foot work!

-Jessie
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