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Melissa Penta
Works at Local Wisdom, Inc.
Lives in Stroudsburg, PA
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#BirdPoker Bathing curated by +Phil Armishaw

My local male Scarlet Tanager enjoying my small pond (with my Starling singing in the background)
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#BirdPoker Terns curated by +Phil Armishaw

A young Least Tern photographed at a colony on the New Jersey coast. The younger ones stayed further back.

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#BirdPoker Four of a Kind curated by +Phil Armishaw

Four Black Skimmers resting on a beach in Cape May.

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#BirdPoker Two of a Kind curated by +Phil Armishaw

Barnegat Light's American Oystercatcher pair, photographed earlier this season while they were scoping nesting sites.

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Oh I love them... saw them in Iceland years ago :-)
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#BirdPoker Falcons curated by +Phil Armishaw

A female American Kestrel after eating a crab for dinner.
Cape May Meadows, New Jersey

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#BirdPoker Singing curated by +Phil Armishaw

I do not record birds often because I hardly carry a tripod. This is one of the few times I had one, so I recorded the beautiful song of this Hermit Thrush while waiting to photograph a Barred Owl family.
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#BirdPoker Wings Up curated by +Phil Armishaw

A Tricolored Heron running around and fishing with its wings up. Merritt Island NWR, Florida.

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A Tree Swallow waits near his nesting box. Stroudsburg, PA.

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A Brown Pelican poses with two Cormorants, Merritt Island NWR.

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#BirdPoker Three of a Kind curated by +Phil Armishaw

Three male Harlequin Ducks swimming together off of the jetty at Barnegat Light.

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A Tricolored Heron jumps in the air while fishing. Merritt Island NWR.

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My local Red-bellied Woodpecker pair has two young this year. Here, the male explores one of the woodpeckers' favorite drumming trees.

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Occupation
Web Developer, Amateur Wildlife Photographer, Birder
Employment
  • Local Wisdom, Inc.
    Web Developer, 2007 - present
  • Freelancing
    Web Developer, 1999 - 2012
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Female
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Other names
Mancuso
Story
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Wildlife photographer, birder, nature lover
Introduction
I have always been a nature lover and would read about animals for as long as I could remember. I wanted a job that had to do with them, but ended up going in another direction professionally as a web developer. My interest for photography began in 2006 when I purchased my first point and shoot camera. I photographed mostly my cats and landscapes, but wanted more. In 2008 I decided to make the move to the dSRL world - I purchased a Canon XTi with a cheap Sigma telephoto lens and have been upgrading my equipment since. I currently shoot mostly with a Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm lens.

I started to photograph birds and wildlife very casually at local parks in New Jersey. In 2010 I moved to upstate New York and was suddenly surrounded by nature - my love for wildlife went to a whole new level. I started feeding birds in my backyard and wanted to learn about them. I joined a local nature club, started to go out on group walks and began my journey in birding. Within a couple of months I was hooked - I had started my life lists, I could identify birds and knew much more about their behavior. After a little over a year of birding, I can do so much more and even identify many of them by sound. They are now my main subjects -  I want to capture their beauty so that others can see something that is often ignored. I am a birder with a fancy camera... but I am also a photographer who loves wildlife.

I'm looking to connect with people who share my same interests above, along with my friends and family. I also enjoy looking at beautiful photography! If you are wondering why I added you to my circle, then this is the reason. 

I'll post anywhere from one to four photos of mine per day - usually depending on the #BirdPoker theme. I also share posts that truly impress me.

BIRDERS: If you would like to become part of my birding circle, please let me know. I'll share more (non-technical) bird photos and experiences to these circles.

There are a few simple things I ask:
  • If you see a way in which I can improve, do not be afraid to post it! I am very open to honest critiques.
  • Do not post my photos to your own albums.
    Please use the Share button instead.
  • Do not post my photos to other websites unless you are posting a link.
  • If you would like to use my photo in your artwork, please ask. I will usually agree to allowing you use my photos as a reference or within a non-simple manipulation.
  • If you are in my circles, I've seen your profile. I never blindly add people, even through mass circle shares. I always check profiles.
  • Since I am part of the large Photographers community, a lot of people circle me. If you circle me and would like to share your profile, don't be shy - please ask! I like to circle other photographers, but cannot possibly go through everyone who circles me.
Suggested Circles to add me to:
Photographers, Wildlife Photographers, Bird Photographers, Nature Photographers, Amateur Photographers, Birders, Nature Lovers
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Currently
Stroudsburg, PA
Previously
Vestal, NY - Hopatcong, NJ - Somerset, NJ
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