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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Trios [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-27 6:41
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Favorites: 3 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken last april, at the open gardens in “Caricuao’s zoo”, in the west of Caracas, Venezuela.,

Handheld with IS (image stabilizer), crop, curves, sharpen, and resized.

The first two birds are Scarlet Macaws, so here is the info:

Guacamaya Roja or Sarlet Macao
The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is a large, colourful parrot.
It is native to humid evergreen forests in the American tropics, from extreme eastern Mexico locally to Amazonian Peru and Brazil, in lowlands up to 500 meters (at least formerly up to 1000m). It has been widely extirpated by habitat destruction and capture for the pet trade. Formerly it ranged north to southern Tamaulipas. It can still be found on the island of Coiba. It is also the Honduran national bird.

It is about 81 to 96 cm (32 to 36 inches) long, of which more than half is the pointed, graduated tail typical of all macaws. The average weight is about a kilogram (2 to 2.5 pounds). The plumage is mostly scarlet, but the rump and tail-covert feathers are light blue, the greater upperwing coverts are yellow, the upper sides of the flight feathers of the wings are dark blue as are the ends of the tail feathers, and the undersides of the wing and tail flight feathers are dark red with metallic gold iridescence. There is bare white skin around the eye and from there to the bill. The upper mandible is mostly pale horn in color and the lower is black. Sexes are alike; the only difference between ages is that young birds have dark eyes, and adults have light yellow eyes.
Scarlet Macaws make loud, low-pitched, throaty squawks and screams

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Ara
Species: A. macao.

Scarlet Macaw

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Hello Jose
Excellent shot of these large Parrots,
Perfect details,DOF and compo,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.


Hallo Jose

Although these birds are seen more often it remains a beautiful sight to see. The bright colours attract the eye immediately. I just cannot help looking at it. I just love this posting. Perfect detail of the feathers and paws. Warm and rich colours. Nice background. Splendid shot. I also browsed through your portfolio, and you have some wonderful photos. This one is no exception. Thanks for sharing, and I also enjoyed reading your note.
I am also very exciting today, as one of the photos on the gallery have been dedicated to my granddaughter Maryke. If you wanted to return a visit to my portfolio, please do yourself a favor and have a view of the following: Maryke's Little Clown I personally think it is stunning, and I think it deserve a big smiley, maybe you can carry over the smiley you might wanted to give me to this Clown Trigger Fish.
Kind regards from a rainy and wet South Africa.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-27 9:11]

Hi Jose.
Nice composition of this amazing trio and fantastic colours and lights. Brilliant reproduction of these colourful birds, razor sharpness of the image of the nearest once, beautiful growing to the BG blurriness of the shot. Framing and cropping are extremely exact. My best regards and compliments. Bravo and TFS.

Hello JM,
Excellent pov with three parrots with awesome colour and sharpness and much details involved here!
very good composition indeed
well done and thanks for useful notes

very nice trio, colorful composition, good pic
well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-28 3:34]

Hola José Miguel,
todo un arco iris en tu foto,
preciosos guacamayos y sensacional pov,
saludos amigo.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-06-28 5:06]

Hola JM!
It's a great capture of this colorful society. Very good focus and vivid colours. Conglatulations!

Hola José MIguel,
Una imagen muy completa y de gran belleza en su composición y colorido, me gusta mucho la profundidad de campo elegida donde se ve la gran nitidez del primer plano para ir difuminándose ligeramente hacia el fondo. Una gran foto, gracias por compartirla. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Jose,
a brilliant shot.
Sharp and crisp with a brilliant DOF and POV.
Well done,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-28 6:57]

Hi Jose,
This is a very nice coloured photo.
You have captured them well with good dof.
I like your pov and good focus and shaprness.
TFS Paula

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-28 7:25]
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Hello Jose,
What a lovely splash of colours! It must be wonderful to see these flying in the wild but probably not easy to find. Great presentation of three different Macaws; the Red & Green, the Scarlet and the Military Macaw. Excellent sharp details and lovely colours. I like the POV very much!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Good lineup! Colors and detail are spot on! Well done!
Cheers, Klaus

What a beautiful photo sesion at this Ara group.
The colors, compo, and pov are superb.
Well done!

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-06-28 12:29]

Hola Jose Miguel,

What a fantastic, colorful picture! You got a great POV and choose a perfect aperture (f3.5) in order to get this DOF (focus on the first parrot). Colors are splendid and natural and the details are awesome!



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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-28 13:01]

selam jose; eexcellent shot of this colorful birds,good details presented ,nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hola José Miguel,
Una nítida y hermosa foto de estos "loritos", sus colores son estupendos y los detalles magníficos; me gusta como se ve llevando su escamosa pata al pico. ¿es esta la mascota de la Copa América?
Un abrazo

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  • Charo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 39] (456)
  • [2007-06-28 16:04]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Me encanta el colorido de estos guacamayos. Excelente toma con ese difuminado progresivo. Estupendo encuadre.

What superb looking birds Jose. I believe they are quite intelligent too. The colours are superb as is you image of them. What we can't see well on one bird we get a good look at it on the next. Just wonderful.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-28 16:28]

Hello Jose, wonderful portrait of this bright colored macaws, you got two Scarlet Macaws and one Military macaw, lovely colors and composition, great POV and BG..well done

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-06-28 16:29]

Une belle série de becs !
Bonne journée.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-28 19:51]

Hello Jose

Wow a rainbow of colours.The lighting and colour saturation is very well done.Excellent composition with the chorus line of Macaws.Very good POV and DOF.Sharp focus and details.Excellent camera work,this shot has visual impact.TFS


Muy buenas Jose
La verdad es que nos muestras una formación de "loros" muy guapos, lo que más me gusta es el punto de vista con ese desenfoque paulatino.
La verdad es que valoro mucho lo que hacéis con las cámaras compactas, ya no hay tantas diferencias con respecto a las reflex.
Un saludo

Hi Jose,
Vivid color, nice sharp detail. Interesting lineup as well.
Well exposed with good DOF..These birds are interesting creatures when you get to know them ;)

Hello Jose Miguel,
This is a colorful picture! I like this beautiful DOF and perfect compo. The bird in FG has this very interesting pose and attitude :) What a beautiful creature. Details are wonderful. Thanks,

bonjour josé miguel
c'est un petit peu dommage de ne pas avoir opté pour un reglage plus fermé du diaphragme afin d'avoir le deuxieme perroquet dans le champ,mais je suppose que vous n'aviez pas assez de lumiere pour cela.
joies couleurs et bonne netteté sur le premier.

Hello Jose excellent shot lovely sharp detail and colours nicely composed good work tfs rgds Necip.

Hola José Miguel, días sin entrar en tu galería pero me tiraste unos piropos y aquí estamos. La foto como todas las de tu galería, llena de vida y color, fiel a tu estilo. La profundidad que consigues con esa canon es impresionante como vemos y vimos en la foto anterior. Los dos guacamayos del fondo excelente mirada jeje que da mucha vida a la foto. El enfoque al primero excelente. Saludos desde España y hasta pronto.

Hello José Miguel,
very lively, well synchronised and perfectly composed arrangement of three Macaws. Pleasant matter-of-fact-report, looks very clear and charming.
Thank you! My best regards,

HoLA jOSE Miguel, que maravilla de color, de detalles, de definicion!! otra de tus grandes maravillas!! Gracias amigo! Carme.

Hi Jose,
Very colourful and lovely image.Well captured.TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-01 7:39]

Hi Jose,

A beautiful capture of this trio of colorful birds. Fantastic colors and details. I love the position you caught them in. The raised claw is fantastic.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-01 9:53]

Hola José Miguel
Preciosa vista de estos tres guacamayos. Los colores son fantásticos, así como los detalles y la composición. ¡Bellas aves que siempre gusta ver!
Abrazo, José Miguel

Hello Jose,
Love this, beautiful colors and great expressions on these fellows. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo "Welland Canal (18) *" :o)

Hola jose,
Lovely colorful macaws.
Well focused, sharp.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-02 7:35]

Very vivid colors. Focus and details outstanding on bird in foreground. I like the moment caught with the lifted claw. Good note.

Great to have such great and vibrant colours on this avian trio! The green on the third one is a coup! Tfs, Jay

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-03 0:33]

Hola Jose Miguel,
Colors, focus, contrast and exposure handling are very good. I liked the blurred ones in the background. TFS

Its total color riot here.........S3 IS rocks...ven with 1/60 its CLEAR and CRISP........great details..i like dthis version rather than work shop........

Beautiful shot of these colourful McCaws Jose.
I remember making friends with these as a kid.
Very gentle and well spoken birds if I remember.
These are generally known as the 'largest' parrots and are actually the biggest in appearance, but in the forests of New Zealand we have a very rare nocturnal parrot called the Kakapo which is suppossed to be the worlds largest by weight.
Unfortunately, this big flightless bird is under severe threat of extiction, due to introduced predators such as rats, stoats and opposums which were not here before European settlers arrived.

Buenos colores y agradable presentación las de estas guacamayas.
Nota estupenda José Miguel.
Un saludo y gracias por tus buenos comentarios.
Saludos, JL.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-03 11:34]

Hi Jose

Wonderful bright image and nice composition. Stunning details and nice DOF. Excellent POV.



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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-07-03 16:39]

Hola Jose Miguel, esplendidos y armoniosos, toda una gama de colores alegres y nitidos, buen encuade. Saludos Sira

Hola José Miguel. Que colorido. Muy bonita composición de los guacamayos. Muy buena nitidez y explosión de color. Un slaudo y gracias por compartir.

José Luis.

hi jose,
lovely capture full of vibrant colours, sharp image with excellent details, nice pov, good eye contact,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-04 1:48]

Hi Jose.
Great capture of this three colorful parrots with fine sharp details on first Scarlet Macaw.I like your used POV and very good DOF.Attractive colour palette and very good blurred BG.Well composed.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-05 0:35]

Hello Jose,
Magnificent capture.I liked DOF you managed a lot.POV,vivid colors,clear details and composition are also wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2007-07-05 15:14]

Hola José Miguel,
Que lindas guacamayas, sus colores y expresiones están fantásticas.
Me gusta la forma como has enfocado la primera, dejando desfocadas las otras dos.

Saludos cordiales,

Vivid amazing colors - great composition!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-05 19:43]

Hello Jose,
What color these amazing birds have, great camera work once again Jose.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-06 0:50]

Hi Jose,
Outstanding shot of these colourful and beautiful birds. Immaculate sharpness on their plumage and neat features. The colour palette is amazing and the Bg illustrates the environment well. Excellent POV to portray them and wonderfully composed. Kudos.

Hi Jose, splendid trio with wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola Jose Miguel,
Fantastica muestra de colores bien saturados,
gran composicion muy clara buen foco,
perfecta exposicion, gracias por compartirla/Lawhill

Hello Jose Miguel,
What a great band of colourful fellows!
Composition wise it is clever use of the princiople of three, good DOF to emphasis the guy in front...
Great clarity in colours, superb details!
Pablo -

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-07-08 16:12]

José, this is a lovely and beautiful trio.

Excellent colors, pov and composition.

I do enjoy saturation and contrast too.

Belle photo de ces aras qui sont très jolis et bien colorés, les différents tons s' armonises bien et les deux qui sont plus flous sont aussi très jolis a regarder. Amitiés Thomas

Hola Hose,
A lot of warm colors in this wonderful colored composition. The subject are fun and exciting to view. :)

Hi dear Jose ,
very nice shot with lovely colours.
well compoaed and excellent sharpness.
thanks for sharing
best regards

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-07-21 0:28]

hello Jose
beautiful and pleasant natural models with colourful capturing
i like composition, point of view, vivid colours, lighting, sharpness, details and note
thanks for sharing

hola José Miguel

excelentes colors y un bonito juego de profundidad de campo conjugando nitidez total del primer plano hasta el último

un trio muy llamativo de pajarracos



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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-07-30 1:12]

How great to see all these beauties lined up like this. What superb colours.You have captured them well JM,

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-07-31 20:19]

Hi Jose. A beautiful coloured image of these three parrots. Good DOF. Murray.

Hi Jose,
Beautiful parrot guacamayas with amazing colors and light, excellent composition and Point of view..Well done..

Hello Jose,
Very colourful image.
Well done

hello josé
superbe photo, les couleurs sont extras sur un super BG, bravo, amitiès

Hi Jose,

OOOAaaauuu, it is colourfull. Spectacular species with fantastic feathers. Ara macao and Ara militaris.
Nice picture. Best regards, Cezar T.

Jose, I love, LOVE, parrots.
This image is of EXCELLENT quality.
Great focusing.
I've photographed many parrots in the wild in Brazil. This one is OUTSTANDING compared to the ones I have taken.
Loved the notes too.
Warm regards, Mario, now in Canada.

Salut José
Très belle photo que ces jolis perroquets. Beau cadrage , belle composition et les couleurs sont magnifiques.
Merci et au revoir ....JP

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-08-20 15:35]

HI Jose!
Really lovely birds, colourful and attractice, giving a nice pose for the photographer...
A well composed presentation!

Hi, Miguel.
Beautiful image and you worked very well with this close up. The colors are strong, good light and sharpness. In Brazil, we call these birds by Araras.
Best Regards,

Hi jose
amazingg shot
very good moment
good colours and well focused
IT´s fantastic to see its friends behind it in other colours
tfs Toba

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-20 10:15]

Uau!! ¡Qué foto más preciosa! ¡Me encanta!
Qué colorido y qué detallazos en el primer plano!
El punto de vista y la composición son una maravilla.
La nota es también excelente.
Felicidades y muchas gracias.

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-10-05 17:45]

This is a truly remarkable capture! I love your POV getting such detail on the green-wing macaw, while still getting the faces of the scarlet and military in the background. The colors and composition are both incredible. And, I must say that I was looking at this picture just now with my pet macaw and he made a kiss sound when he saw it. So it's a real winner! :-)
TFS Steph (and macaw - Zazu)

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  • gothy Silver Star Critiquer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 2] (254)
  • [2007-10-25 14:29]

Hi Jose
What a beautifull shot.
Great colors nice POV and surprise 3 parrot in succession.
Gon on

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-10-31 8:52]

Lovely colours..fantastic DOF&Composition.

Hello Jose,
Very beautiful and colourful shot of these Scarlet Macaw you present here!
Also, you've catured very nice moment of the scene, with excellent focusing and DOF.
Outstanding details and very nice POV here as well.
TFS and Best regards,

Hi Jose Miguel,

A nice image of the parrots, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. thanks for sharing.


Excellent colour and sharpness your photos is perfect........

Hola soy caraqueña, estoy muy feliz de haberte encontrado, no solo por la belleza de tus fotografías sino porque disfruto mucho observar animales y siempre quise que alguien me hablara de ellos, Gracias!!!

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