'One in a million'

Yellow Northern Cardinal

Alabaster, AL

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Our Story

On January 28, 2018 Alabaster resident Charlie Stephenson shared an eye catching portrait on Facebook featuring a Northern Cardinal that displayed Yellow plumage. Stephenson, an active bird enthusiast was shocked when she originally saw what had landed in her backyard.  

 

Soon after her discovery, Stephenson reached out to Auburn University biology professor: Geoffrey Hill, who confirmed this bird was in fact a male Northern Cardinal. However, it displayed a rare genetic mutation that knocks out the pathway for production of red pigments we typically see in cardinals. Hill explained in an interview with AL.com, "I've been birdwatching in the range of cardinals for 40 years and I've never seen a yellow bird in the wild." Hill mentions, "I would estimate that in any given year there are two or three yellow cardinals at backyard feeding stations somewhere in the United States or Canada."

 

According to Hill, "There are probably a million bird feeding stations in that area so very roughly, yellow cardinals are a one in a million mutation." 

 

Charlie and Jeremy were introduced one morning at Veterans Park located in Alabaster, AL. Their friendship began with a similar passion for playing Pokemon Go.

 

On February 17, 2018 Jeremy was asked by Stephenson to assist in helping her document the Northern Cardinal to acquire high resolution images. One portrait in particular featuring the Yellow Cardinal in the Crepe Myrtle tree stood apart from the rest. On February 19, 2018 The Alabaster Reporter was the first source to publish a story featuring the Yellow Cardinal.

 

By February 21, 2018 CBS 42 picked up the story and showcased the photographs on their social media platforms. The Birmingham Audubon Society featured the photographs following The Naturalist Notebook. On February 22, 2018 AL.com published a story discussing the Yellow Cardinal. ​

It only took five days for the story of the 'One in a Million' Yellow Cardinal to reach major headlines. Stephenson and Jeremy were soon contacted by the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, The Weather Channel, The Washington Post, the Smithsonian, The Birmingham News, and USA Today. These sources provided exposure that allowed this story to go viral internationally. The rare Yellow Cardinal first documented in Alabaster, Alabama was soon shared worldwide. 

 

One month later and this story was still being shared by multiple sources including Birds & Blooms, People.com, AOL.com, CBC.ca, Southern Living, New York Post, The Alabamian, The Alabaster Newsletter, & My Modern Met. 

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All portraits are printed using Ultra Premium Presentation Glossy Photo Paper. The 11" x 17" prints are printed with an Ultra Premium Presentation Matte Photo Paper. Please select Contact Us to submit an email regarding the print / prints that you are interested in purchasing. You will receive a response within 24 hours.

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The Yellow Cardinal, Crepe Myrtle

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The Yellow Cardinal, On the Fence (#1)

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The Yellow Cardinal, On the Fence (#2)

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Northern Cardinal, In the Dogwood

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Yellow Cardinal & Northern Cardinal

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Northern Cardinal, On the Fence

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The Yellow Cardinal, Crepe Myrtle (#2)

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The Yellow Cardinal, Fall Surroundings

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The Yellow Cardinal, First Brood

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The Yellow Cardinal, An Early Sighting

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The Yellow Cardinal, Autumn Leaves

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The Yellow Cardinal, Blue Skies

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The Yellow Cardinal, Evening Glow

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The Yellow Cardinal, In the Treetops

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The Yellow Cardinal, On the Post

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 (1) 8" x 10" Glossy Print                  $30.00

 (1) 11" x 17" Matte Print                  $50.00

Artwork Inspired by The Yellow Cardinal

 © 2020 Jeremy Black Photography

"Sweety Yellow & Cheery Red"

Created by: Jessica Cloarec Both of these vibrant acrylic paintings were created on 20 x 20" stretched canvas. To see more work by this artist, please check out the social media provided below: Instagram: @JessicaCloarec Facebook: Jessica Cloarec Artiste peintre

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