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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: 2013-09-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-25 6:08
Viewed: 1356
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
*On a morning there was a lot of noise in a tree. When I came closer I saw two Hyacinth Macaws busy with a kind of mating ceremony. During a quarter of an hour I photographed these macaws in all kind of positions. In the mean time they shouted and screamed. It seems to be full of passion.

Blue macaws are monogamous, usually remaining with one partner for their entire life. (Collar, et al., 1992) and share the task of caring for their young.

In the Pantanal, 90% of Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) nests are found in a single type of tree, the “manduvi”. Because they have a soft kernel, which is easily hollowed out, they are the trees most sought after by the species.

The Macaws do not begin the nest-hole, but dig out the small cavities left by Woodpeckers or by branches breaking off, or even those caused by fungus or left by termites. The hole used for the nest is deep and cozy and lined with sawdust, which they scrape from the tree itself.
It is very difficult to find natural cavities and there is much competition with other species.

Hyacinth Macaws are weak at birth and stay, on average, a little more than 3 months in the nest, under the attentive care of their parents. At the end of this time they venture forth on their first flights. Family life, however, doesn’t stop there. Even without returning to the nest, the young birds remain in its proximity and are fed by their parents until they reach six months of age.

At seven years of age, the Macaw is ready to start its own family. The female will usually have two chicks and, as she is responsible for hatching them, she spends most of the time on the nest where the male feeds her. The eggs (the size of chickens’ eggs) hatch after 28 to 30 days.
The chicks gain weight and grow rapidly. But for the first 45 days, their lives are in danger from cockroaches, ants or other birds, such as toucans and hawks, which raid there nests. For the majority of adult pairs, only one chick survives.

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照的很漂亮 很美麗的鳥 也很清晰
尤其是一次好幾隻鳥在一起 真是壯觀
第一次見到這種品種 非常迷人
光線亮麗 很有情境
構圖也很美麗 真是好看

Ciao Peter, my today neighbour, great capture of lovely couple in nice pose, beautiful details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter-I had no idea about this Blue Macaw.Nice to see a new species.Well captured.Splendid colour and sharpness.Like composition too.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

i have not seen such birds. this is really a beauty with colors. nicely framed. good work. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-06-25 8:26]

Hi Peter,very nice and funny capture showing us this playing moment,another excellent capture with bright colors and fine detail despite the distance,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter. I like that you left the left side branch in the picture to frame it. It makes for some scenery for the birds. They are a beautiful colour and they go well with the blue sky. Perfect in every way. TFS Trevor

Ciao Peter. Intrigant colours very good details in the lovely compo.



Bonsoir Peter,
Très belle publication valorisant bien les sujets dans une lumière bien maitrisée et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hallo Peter
een weekje weg geweest naar Epe
super wandelweer gehad
Deze 2 zitten erg goed op die mooie tak voor een pracht plaat
Super scherp en prachtige kleuren
bedankt weer gr lou

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-06-27 15:14]

Hola Peter, una foto maravillosa de una de las mas bellas especies del mundo; magnífica composición, entorno y enfoque...saludos.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-06-30 5:45]

Hello Peter,
Lovely couple in amazing postion..happy they are and happy is the shot. Love it.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-02 9:48]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic shot these beautiful parrots.
Excellent details and nice pose.
Regards Jiri.

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