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30-APR-2004 Lloyd Spitalnik

Summer Tanager (immature male)

Central Park, NYC

Piranga rubra

As this male Summer Tanager continues to molt, yellow feathers will be replaced by red ones.

From the Cornell website-"The Summer Tanager is considered a bee and wasp specialist. It usually catches a bee in flight and then kills it by beating it against a branch. Before eating the bee, the tanager removes the stinger by rubbing it on a branch.

Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM ,Canon 1.4X TC
1/200s f/5.6 at 420.0mm iso200 full exif

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Guest 21-May-2008 13:19
Awesome shot!
Guest 15-Jun-2007 20:41
Lovely res, fine capture and a good bokeh, V
Guest 23-May-2007 15:54
The colors on this bird is excellent,V
Debbie Blackburn Beierle19-Apr-2007 05:14
This is stunning! Great shot! v
Guest 08-Nov-2006 02:17
Great shot. Good use of the square. Perfect focus and color!
Guest 23-Oct-2006 17:20
Beautiful capture and bird. The background colors are very nice with the bird. vote.
Richard Calmes11-Oct-2006 18:06
What a beauty this is! V
Bob Foisel11-Oct-2006 15:52
Wonderful capture and setting, love his colors.
coaster23-Sep-2006 22:05
Good shot and lovely color.
carol j. phipps23-Sep-2006 13:52
Gorgeous red.
golfpic20-Jul-2006 00:00
Love that deep red colour. Lovely bird.
joer03-Jul-2006 20:50
Buz Kiefer29-Jun-2006 02:50
Darn, what a shot. I just don't understand how you birders, you good ones, manage to turn out such marvelous photos so consistently. Excellent and vote.
Peter Stahl27-Jun-2006 14:50
Stunning looking bird. Nice capture. GMV.
Yi Feng26-Jun-2006 00:13
Beautiful bird with great colors. Very nice background isolation.
Vilone15-Apr-2006 01:41
Wow!Gorgeous image!~Voted!
Tom Munson17-Feb-2006 20:18
Another beautiful image Lloyd. Well done.
Shmuel Halevi07-Feb-2006 19:06
A Chinese drawing...
Peter Ericsson06-Jan-2006 09:39
What a lovely thing! How common are these?
Sheila01-Jan-2006 23:31
Wow! The opposite to your camouflaged birds! What a beauty.
Guest 22-Oct-2005 21:10
Very nice. I got a picture of one of these guys this summer and was so excited to get so close to such a beautiful bird. I guess they travel in pairs because I got the male and female both.