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Scarlet Tanager - Withrow Nature Preserve, +Cincinnati, Ohio

This past Saturday I visited Winthrow Nature Preserve to see if the Scarlet Tanager I had photographed towards the end of April / begining of May was still around...as you can see he was.

Happy Fathers Day To My Dad...
 I was happy to get this capture as I made a 5 x 7 print of it (which turned out great) and framed it for my father for fathers day this past Sunday.

Viewing a male and female Scarlet Tanager with him is the earliest birding memmory I have...I was in the 1st grade when a pair was passing through a small wooded area behind our house in Columbus, OH. i'll never forget my father running into my room as excited as could be one Saturday morning telling me to come quick to see the Scarlet Tanagers.

I got a really good long look at the male and female through his binoculars and it certainly made an impression on me as i've been an avid birder ever since...i'd spend countless hours reading the +National Audubon Society eastern field guide as a child.

Anyhow, I am thankful for him introducing me to birding at such a young age and this made for a great way to share that with him.

I'll have to spend some time in July seeing if I can get some better (closer) shots of him since he is easy to find and observe....Just need him to come down from the tree tops :P

This photo is from my Bird Photography Album:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+MatthewStephenson/albums/5890736358902064481

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Thanks +HQSP Birds+HQSP Promotion​hqsp and +Anja Wessels​ !
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Eastern Kingbird and Downy Woodpecker fighting over Mulberries...the Eastern Kingbird is showing the rarely seen Red Crest!

This autoawesome annimated GIFF was created by +Google Photos​ from photographs taken of these birds behind the +Rent It Today​ - http://www.rentittoday.com Office.

Annimated Photograph is from my "Birding at the Mulberry Tree" Album: https://plus.google.com/photos/+MatthewStephenson/albums/6161773630235817281

See the Eastern Kingbird's Red Crest up close and read the story behind this scene in this photograph I shared:
https://plus.google.com/+MatthewStephenson/posts/JFGwA5qkN1e

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#Birds #birdphotography #birding #birdwatching #EasternKingbird #downywoodpecker #nature #wildlife #autoawesome #annimatedbirds #birdsandmulberries
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Thanks Byula
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Swainson's Thrush - Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, OH

The elusive Swainson's Thrush photographed along the estuary trail at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. First time bird for me and another warbler added to my life list.

Photo is from my 2015 Magee Marsh Album:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+MatthewStephenson/albums/6149719344161060545

About the Swainson's Thrush:
_"Swainson’s Thrushes are shy but vocal birds that skulk in the shadows of their generally dark forest-interior habitat. They forage for insects and other arthropods on or near the ground. On migration, particularly in fall, they also eat small fruits such as wild cherries and Virginia creeper..."  Read More at the Cornell +LabofOrnithology's website:  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Swainsons_Thrush/id

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#birds #birdphotography  #SwainsonsThrush     #birdsinfocus #BirdsGallery #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #Birds4All #birdwatching #birding #HQSPbirds #biggestweek #birdphotographs   #BeautifulBeautifulBirds #biggestweek #BTBBirdPro #MageeMarsh
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Northern Parula (adult female) - Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, OH

Photographed this female Northern Parula along the Boardwalk at Magee Marsh. She was very cooperative bird...here is a link to another photograph of her I recently shared: https://plus.google.com/+MatthewStephenson/posts/V8dWVQMrf7u

Photograph of a Male Northern Parula I took at Magee Marsh:
https://plus.google.com/+MatthewStephenson/posts/HbyhFuMHTMu

View all my Warbler Photographs from my 2015 Magee Marsh Biggest Week Trip Album:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+MatthewStephenson/albums/6149719344161060545

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Cute bird...nice photo...
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Im excited about the opportunity to work with the +HQSP Info team as a curator and moderator on the +HQSP Birds & +HQSP Promotion pages. Bird photography is something I have become very passionate about (as my G+ stream shows :P ). So when the opportunity arrose to help promote bird photographers and their work I happily accepted.

Thanks to... 
 +Anja Wessels owner of HQSP

 +Andy Brown, +Dilip Mundkur, and +Simon Wareham for helping me learn the system.

And thanks to the entire HQSP Community (https://plus.google.com/communities/101016595369594817642) of moderators, photographers, contributors, and curators!
                                   
#birdphotography   #birding   #birdwatching   #photography  
We share your best Bird shots! On the ground, in the sky, swimming let's see them all!
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Double-crested Cormorant - Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area, OH

I Photographed this Double-crested Cormorant at the Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area which is right next to Magee Marsh. 

From my Magee Marsh Photo Album:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+MatthewStephenson/albums/6149719344161060545

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#birds #birdphotography  #DoubleCrestedCormorant   #birdsinfocus #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #birds4all #birdwatching #birding #hqspbirds #biggestweek   #metzgermarsh   #birdphotographs   #BeautifulBeautifulBirds
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You are welcome Marie. I do not know a lot about Comorants but think they are fascinating looking birds ... so prehistoric looking.
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Baltimore Oriole - Cold Spring Kentucky

There is no shortage of Baltimore Orioles coming to the Mulberry Tree behind my office daily. Lots of males, females, and immature males. The same goes for Orchard Orioles. It's not uncommon to have 5 or 6 orioles on the tree at any given time.

Photograph from my "Birding at the Mulberry Tree" Album: https://plus.google.com/photos/+MatthewStephenson/albums/6161773630235817281

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#birds #birdphotography #birdsinfocus #baltimoreoriole   #oriole    #birdsgallery - +Birds GALLERY   #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #birds4all   #birdwatching #birding #hqspbirds - +HQSP Birds     #birdphotographs   #BeautifulBeautifulBirds   #BTBBirdPro - +BTP Bird Pro 
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Eastern King Bird and Downy Woodpecker fighting over mulberries. Photographed in Cold Spring, KY behind the +Rent It Today​ office. 

This Kingbird flew down perching over the Downy Woodpecker whom was upside down eating some berries and tried to bully him off the Mulberry Tree.

It was an interesting event as there was a dozen (give or take) different species of birds eating mulberries on the tree at the time.

The Kingbird was at the top right of the reasonably large tree eating (he had more recently come to the tree). The downy woodpecker was on the bottom left hanging upside down beneith some branches.  

So they Kingbird passed up the chance to fight with a lot of other bird species that were between him and the Down Woodpecker in order to pick a fight with the small woodpecker. They went back and forth at each other for a minute or so.

I would have bet on the Kingbird to win and it looked like he was going to at first (bully). However, the Downy Woodpecker didnt back down for a second and the Kingbird retreated once it became apparent that he had picked the wrong woodpecker to mess with.

Why did he seemingly go out of his way and bother the Downy Woodpecker when there were so many other birds closer to him? Moreover, many of the other species he could have easily chased off (and made a point to let everyone know he was there). There were plenty of smaller less agressive species...gold finches, house finches, orchard orioles, indigo buntings, a great crested, flycatcher, recently fledged cardinals, immature blue birds, and more all were on the tree between him and the Downy Woodpecker.

There were also Blue Jays, Starlings and a Red Bellied Woodpecker, however all three of those species are bigger and more aggressive so I understand him not bothering them.

Anyhow it made me wonder if it had anything to do with the fact that the downy woodpecker was black and white with a red spot on his head ... perhaps some sort of mixed up conspecific type aggressive behavior (not that they are the same species but the downy woodpecker has the most similar plumage).

In the end I have no idea downy woodpeckers and kingbirds are on the mulberry tree everyday and I have not seen the behavior before or since... I was thankful to have photographed the entire event...especially since I got to see the Eastern Kingbirds Red Crest displayed for the first time ever.

I'm also glad the Downy Woodpecker whom was minding his own business didnt get punked out :P

Here is a link to an annimated photograph of the scene where you can see some of the interactions take place: https://plus.google.com/+MatthewStephenson/posts/MHEFmAox4Yv

Here is a link of a close up of the Kingbird with his red crest on display:  https://plus.google.com/+MatthewStephenson/posts/JFGwA5qkN1e

These Photographs are from my recently created 'Birding at the Mulberry Tree" Album: https://plus.google.com/photos/+MatthewStephenson/albums/6161773630235817281

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#birds #birdphotography #birdsinfocus #easternkingbird   #downywoodpecker   #birdsgallery - +Birds GALLERY​   #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #birds4all   #birdwatching #birding #hqspbirds - +HQSP Birds​     #birdphotographs   #BeautifulBeautifulBirds   #BTBBirdPro - +BTP Bird Pro​ 
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See I don't see that behavior from them at the mulberry trees but there is plenty to go around. Good information thanks craig
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Eastern Kingbird displaying the seldom seen red crest photographed in Cold Spring, KY at the mulberry tree behind my office.

This was one of the more exciting random birding momments I have had in some time. I've observed Eastern Kingbirds countless times over the years and never seen the red crest (I see them everyday behind my office and they are very common in many of the areas I bird).

I wouldnt even know they had a red crest if it wasnt for the Peterson Field Guide (as it is a drawing that illustrates the feature). Non of the bird books with real photographs in them that I've ever seen have a photo displaying the red crest.  The Cornell +LabofOrnithology's website ID section doesnt even mention the trait ( http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Kingbird/id ).

I've always wanted to see that splash of red in their crest.

Several Eastern Kingbirds have been feeding daily at the Mulberry Tree behind the +Rent It Today office this season and I have photographed them so much I typically pass when they fly up at this point when I'm observing the tree.

I happened to be photographing the Downy Woodpecker when the Kingbird flew to the branch above...I knew a fight was inevitable...

So I opened up on the scene hoping for some interesting shots of the birds posturing.  Which they did squable quite a bit, flaring their wings, puffing their feathers out, squawking, etc. As I was shooting I saw the red crest on display at various times throughout the interaction...which was very exciting given the above.

Link to a nice +Google Photos 'autoawesome' / annimated GIF that was created from the continuos shooting: https://plus.google.com/+MatthewStephenson/posts/MHEFmAox4Yv

Photograph from my "Birding at the Mulberry Tree" Album: https://plus.google.com/photos/+MatthewStephenson/albums/6161773630235817281

©2015 Matthew Stephenson, All Rights Reserved
#birds #birdphotography #birdsinfocus #easternkingbird   #downywoodpecker   #birdsgallery - +Birds GALLERY  #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #birds4all   #birdwatching #birding #hqspbirds - +HQSP Birds    #birdphotographs   #BeautifulBeautifulBirds   #BTBBirdPro - +BTP Bird Pro 
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Yellow-rumped Warbler  (Setophaga coronata) - 'Myrtle' variety - Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, OH

I photographed this Yellow-rumped Warbler along Magee Marsh Wildlife Area's Boardwalk in Northern Ohio.

From my Magee Marsh Photo Album:
https://plus.google.com/photos/+MatthewStephenson/albums/6149719344161060545

About Yellow-rumped Warblers:
"Yellow-rumped Warblers typically forage in the outer tree canopies at middle heights. They're active, and you'll often see them sally out to catch insects in midair, sometimes on long flights. In winter they spend lots of time eating berries from shrubs, and they often travel in large flocks..." Learn more at the Cornell +LabofOrnithology website:  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-rumped_Warbler/id

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Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) - Magee Marsh Wildlife Area,OH

I photographed this Male Yellow Warbler along the Estuary Trail at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. 

From my Magee Marsh Photo Album:
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Matthew Stephenson is an Internet Marketer, Entrepreneur, military brat, former foster parent, adoptive father and founding partner & COO of Rent It Today, www.RentItToday.com.
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About Me...
At work I focus on SEO, Inbound Marketing, Social Media Marketing, and Website Development for both Rent It Today and our rental company partners. 

I Love Renting and became passionate about promoting the rental industry when my friend and business partner Jason Glass came to me with the idea to make renting simple. So we started the website and company RentItToday.com. 

About My Company:
+RentItToday provides dynamic and affordable internet advertising and inbound marketing solutions to rental companies and industry related service providers throughout North America. 

From Construction Equipment Rentals and Medical Supplies to travel, party, and event planning...Rent It Today makes it easy for people to find and rent anything, anywhere

Learn more about how my team and I are evolving the rental world.

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Outside of work I have a wide range of hobbies & interests that I enjoy researching, discussing, sharing and learning about...

I enjoy traveling, following University of Kentucky Basketball, nature & wildlife, bird watching, astronomy & stargazing, scuba diving, playing video games, jam bands/live music, reef tanks & African Cichlids from Lake Malawi, aquarium keeping, fishing (especially for trout), Portuguese Water Dogs, and spending time with my family and friends.

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I've been an avid bird watcher since my father started taking me birding with him at a very young age. Recently I traded my binoculars for a camera with a zoom lens and have become very passionate about bird photography

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I am proud of my Scottish Heritage and a member of Clan MacTavish an ancient Scottish Highlands Clan.
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