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Social intercourse

Social intercourse
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-05 8:39
Viewed: 5457
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hyacinth Macaws (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) have a high-energy diet, based on nuts from the fruit of two species of palm trees, the “acuri” and the “bocaiúva”.
They usually eat the “acun” nuts after they have fallen to the ground, whether on open land or in the pastures. They take the seeds, which have been husked by cattle or by wild animals. In the case of the “bocaiúva” , the nuts are plucked and eaten directly from the tree. As the birds are very social in their behaviour, they gather early in the morning or at the end of the day, to eat together.
This is what you see on the photo. The photo is taken in the afternoon. I counted 23 Macaws in that field.

I know the quality of this Hyacinth-Macaw photos is not perfect. It’s not easy to photograph them in the wild and I don't had much time. And besides, there was full bright sunlight. But I find it interesting enough to show these. I hope you too.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-05 9:02]

Hi Peter

This is an action shot taken in the available conditions - judged as such I think it is really good. I like the two birds in flight very much. I also think this shot deserves merit because it shows a very rare bird in its natural habitat.


bonita coleção de papagaios é tão estranho vê-los ao ar livre e no campo aqui só no Zoo!
Bonitas cores naturias! Fica bem Ana:)

Great shot.

You are soooo lucky to see these very rare birds in the wild! The blues just glow! I think this is a great shot!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-05 19:22]

Hola Peter.- Una muy bella foto de esta gran familia de hermosos Loros. Bellos los colores de sus plumajes. Me agrada. Luis52.

Hi Peter,

Spectacular group of hyacinth Macaws. I love this bird. The photo is OK. Bravo. Best regards, Cezar T.

Excellent capture of the family. Good details, colours, and sharpness.
Best wishes,

Amazingly beautiful scene Peter! i like it MF!
TFS and have a nice sunday!


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