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First Scarlet Tanager (after 1st pre-molt) that I photographed this year. Its’ a male siting on a branch waiting to get to a spring creek to get a drink of fresh water or to bathe; they are so outstandingly beautiful ! Fire-red and charcoal black:

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Great day birding and for bird photography: the secretive White Eyed Vireo; still singing and surprisingly; a female Scarlet Tanager waiting to drink from the Little Buffalo River:

 

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Having only a few months (May – July) with these beautiful birds is not enough. Differences: Scarlet Tanager is fiery colored with black wings and a black tail (when you see one you will know what it is immediately), they are insect eaters ¬†– the Summer Tanager is very rosy and primarily eats bees and wasps. The Scarlet¬†Tanager’s are harder to find; due to the 10-20 acre territory compared to the Summer Tanagers need for only 1-2 acres. Both inhabit tall tree canopies and only make trips to the ground to drink or in the case of the Scarlet Tanager to trap an insect. Pictures taken Tuesday morning with a Canon 70D and a Canon EF600L IS f/4.0 Lens:

 

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One of our most beautiful birds in Arkansas, I saw last Saturday. Once you spot one, you will never forget the experience. I had heard their call for 3 weeks prior but did not spot or photograph until Saturday afternoon. He is the photo I took with a 50D and a EF300L f/2.8 IS Lens (not a good photo); so I have incuded on from last summer also:

 

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I have seen about 2 dozen Summer Tanagers this summer, but only 2 Scarlet Tanagers. Thats unusual for me as it is usually 2 – 1; Summer ==> Scarlet. But he landed on a dead lower branch of a old Red Oak in the backyard:

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We luckily have both species here in Arkansas. The Summer Tanagers are more plentiful than the Scarlet Tanagers (by about 10 to 1). The Scarlet tanager requires a territory of about 10 acres and the Summer Tanager only about an acre or so. Notice the black-grey wings on the female Scarlet Tanager and the absence of black-grey on the female Summer Tanager. The female Summer Tanager has a bit more rose pigment in it’s feathers:

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He happened through the yard last week; in all his radiant glory. I was on the wrong side of the tree bramch. This species is definitely not hard to disceren from all others:

 

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