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Blue-and-gold Macaw

Blue-and-gold Macaw
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K10D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 200, 86mm Kood UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-20 6:43
Viewed: 2978
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Ara
Species: A. ararauna
Binomial name: Ara ararauna

The Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as the Blue-and-gold Macaw, is a member of the macaw group of parrots which breeds in the swampy forests of tropical South America from Panama south to Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. It is probably now extinct on Trinidad.

They can reach 76-86 cm (29.9-33.9in)long and weigh 900 to 1300 g (2-3 lbs), making them one of the biggest parrots in the world. They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, black chin, golden (some might say, "butterscotch") underparts and a green cap on the head. Their beaks are jet black and very strong for crushing nuts. The Blue and yellow Macaw can live up to 60 years of age, and generally only ever form one couple for reproduction during their life. They nest at the top of tree trunks and the female generally lays two eggs. The blue-and-yellow Macaw uses its powerful beak not only for crushing the nuts it feeds on but also for climbing up and hanging from trees.

De blauwgele ara (Ara ararauna) is een papegaai uit het geslacht Ara. De soort leeft in bossen van het tropische gedeelte van Zuid Amerika van Panama tot BraziliŽ, Bolivia en Paraguay. Het is nu waarschijnlijk uitgestorven op Trinidad.

Blauwgele ara's worden ongeveer 76-86 cm lang en wegen tot 900-1300 gram. Ze worden gekenmerkt door hun kleurrijke vertoning met blauw en goude vleugels en staart en groene tip op het hoofd van de papegaai. Hun snavel is zwart en zeer krachting en in staat om grote noten te kraken.


Focal lenght: 170 mm
Shutter speed: 1/350sec
Aperture: F16
White balance: Daylight
Sensitivity: 200
Exposure compensation: -0.5

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Hoi Thijs,
Unbelieveble that there is'nt any comment at all sofar to this excellent double capture of the two Macaws in flight.
A little grainy maybe, but nevertheless a great shot.
Very beautiful colors, wonderful light on the head of the birds and perfect composition with the diagonall line of the two birds from lower right to the top left corner of the frame.
The birds do stand out wonderfully against the sky.
Thanks for sharing and the great note.
Best regards,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-08-22 5:33]

Hi Thijs,
Mooie dubbele vangst van deze prachtig gekleurde ara's.
De blauw met gele kleuren komen prachtig uit tegen de mooie blauwe lucht met witte wolkjes.
Mooie lichtinval op de kop en bovenlijf. Misschien dat daardoor de onderkant iets aan de dondere kant is.
Mooie timing en goede note.
gr. Paula

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