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

A Dark-eyed Junco taking advantage of my Christmas tree that I place outside after the holidays. The birds swarm this tree in poor weather.

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#BirdPoker Drinking curated by +Phil Armishaw

Black Skimmer grabbing some water-only between skims.
Cape May, New Jersey.

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#BirdPoker Friends curated by +Phil Armishaw

Two Black Vultures get a little close as we approach. Orlando Wetlands.

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Tiene usted una valiosa colección de aves. Le felicito. De estos buitres negros dicen que peligra la especie, pero yo he visto también por España algunos.
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A fledged American Robin begs for food after being released from rehab.
Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Stroudsburg, PA.

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A pair of Common Mergansers resting on the rocks.
Brodhead Creek Stroudsburg, PA.

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#BirdPoker Swallows & Swifts curated by +Phil Armishaw

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

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A Least Sandpiper forages near the trail at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

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#BirdPoker Fog curated by +Phil Armishaw

Herons, Egrets and Ibises in the distant fog, photographed at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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A Merlin perched high against a bright overcast sky. Poconos, PA.

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#BirdPoker Iridescence curated by +Phil Armishaw

The plumage of a Glossy Ibis in the right light really shines!
Merritt Island NWR, Florida.

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My local male Scarlet Tanager enjoying my small pond (with my Starling singing in the background)

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

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Web Developer, Amateur Wildlife Photographer, Birder
Employment
  • Local Wisdom, Inc.
    Web Developer, 2007 - present
  • Freelancing
    Web Developer, 1999 - 2012
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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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Stroudsburg, PA
Previously
Vestal, NY - Hopatcong, NJ - Somerset, NJ
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