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Ara ararauna

Ara ararauna
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-09-24 16:36
Viewed: 5373
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image ws taken in captivity in a hotel yard in Samaipata.

Info below is taken from here

The Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as 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 long and weigh 900 to 1300 g and are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, golden (some might say, "butterscotch") underparts and a green cap on the head. Their beaks are jet black and very strong for crushing nuts.

In Brazil gradually disappearing from the edges of its range due to trapping for the caged bird trade and loss of habitat. It disappeared from most of South East Brazil in the 1960s and the Nariva Swamp, Trinidad in the 1980s.
Thousands have been exported over the years: 18,000 from Bolivia in 4 years from 1981 -1984, 2,000 a year from Guyana until 1993, while it has virtually disappeared from the Orinoco Delta, French Guiana and Surinam.

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Hello Shir,
Very good sharpness, detail, color, and DOF.
Good use of ambient light..I like your POV from slightly below as well :)
Complete notes,
Well done mf.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-09-28 18:31]

Hola Shir.- Que bella es esta foto, unos colores muy bellos del plumaje de este Loro. En cuanto a la foto, tiene exelente calidad, nitidez y luz.
Saludos desde Mexico.

Hi Shir,

I like this close-up very much! You must have been very close to the bird, even with the 70 mm focal lenght. The contrasty colors are beautiful and well saturated. Details are sharp and cristal clear. There's only one question pending in my head: why did you choose F/10? A larger aperture would have resulted in a more blurred BG. Overall it's an outstanding work of art anyway! TFS!


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