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Blue and yellow Macaw

Blue and yellow Macaw
Photo Information
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/4.5, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-31 17:10
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[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 Brazilië, 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: 1/750sec
Aperture: F4.5
White balance: Daylight
Sensitivity: 200
Exposure compensation: -0.5
Color space: sRGB

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Hi Thijs,
This is a great in flight capture!
I like so much the timing and focus you got on this shot.
We can enjoy the bird in its flight, and admire it long tail and majestic of the wingspan.
The colours are amazing, and the composition works great with the added bonus of the purple flower at the bottom right.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Thijs,
Great portrait with this Blue-and-yellow Macaw
in fly shot, powerful colors sharp focus,
well composed, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hi Thijs, very nice capture of this Macaw in flight, good colours and from a nice POV, well done nice work Rick

The composition with the vertical flowers is really well seen. All the colours show so nicely. Impressive in flight shot.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-01 0:53]

Hi Thijs - this is a good shot of the Blue-and-yellow Macaw flying past those pretty flowers. I do like the look of these colourful birds. Well seen and captured,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-01 10:06]

Hello Thijs,
Wonderful in flight shot.Moment you caught is great.Colors,POV,framing,BG and composition are also excellent.

Hi Thijs.
Great flight shot over the water, really makes him stand out.
Great colour and exposure with a great view of the long tail.

New Zealand

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-07 10:28]

Hello Thijs,
Brilliant in-flight capture of this Macaw from a fine POV. The flowers in the foreground add a lot of beauty to this shot. Lovely colours and an excellent composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

deze is prachtig Thijs,
zeer fraaie capture, machtige kleuren, goede compositie, zeer fraai werk.
groet Jaap

Bonsoir Thijs
superbe capture en vol de ce perroquet
les couleurs sont vraiment excellentes ainsi que la gestion de l'arrière plan

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-12 19:46]

Hello Thijs ! Great composition, nice colors but a bit soft. well done,


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