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Green-winged Macaw

Green-winged Macaw
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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: 2007-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-11 1:44
Viewed: 4129
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Green-winged Macaw or Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) is often mistaken for the Scarlet Macaw because of its predominantly red feathering. The breast of the Red-and-green Macaw is bright red, but the lower feathers of the wing are green. In addition, the Red-and-green Macaw has characteristic red lines around the eyes formed by rows of tiny feathers on the otherwise bare skin. In recent years there has been a marked decline in its numbers due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the pet trade.
Some macaw owners and experts call the Green-winged Macaw the "gentle giant", as it is larger in size than the Scarlet Macaw and Blue-and-yellow Macaw, but has a more docile nature which often makes it a more desirable pet than the other two popular species. It is second only in size to the Hyacinth Macaw, the largest bird of the macaw family. The wingspan of the greenwing macaw can be up to 49 inches, with a total body length of 39 inches. A healthy adult will way between 1,250 and 1,700 grams. These birds can live up to 80 years in captivity.
The Green-winged Macaw feeds on various fruit.

In the Pantanal the Green-winged Macaw (Ara chloroptera) also nests in trunk cavities and fights for them against other birds. The manduvi palm (sterculia apetala) trunk is far and away the favorite. It has a soft kernel that is easily hollowed when branches drop off, or are broken by woodpeckers, or fungi, termites or bacteria.

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Hi Peter,
Very representative picture of this pair of Green-winged Macaw. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hi Peter
Wonderful capture
looks like there both checking you out
Nice color and presentation
Wish i was there to see them in the wild
tfs jon

Hi Peter,
Nice presentation of this Green-winged Macaw, good colors and sharpness

Hello Peter,

Very nice composition with all the intricated branches. Good focus on the macaw and very beautiful colours.

So beautiful seeing them in the wild! Good capture, Peter! Cheers, Klaus

Hallo Peter,
Goed om ze in 't wild te zien. Eens wat anders dan 't Papegaaiencentrum in Oerle:-). Als je dit kent?
Goeie tekst en uitleg; letten op 't 'groen' dus...
Mooie scherpe plaat; goeie weergave van de vogels in hun habitat...

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-11 7:53]

Hello Peter, great shot ! You're very lucky to be able to see those fabulous birds ! Well composed and sharp image, good exposure and great colors, well done !


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-11 9:53]

Hello Peter,
How wonderful to see these birds in the wild!!
A lovely capture of the two looking down at you. Fine details - I like the underside of the tail feathers - and natural colours. Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Peter wonderfull shot the colours and detail are superb great POV and expressions light looks great tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Peter,
very nice capture of these colorful parrots. Nicely composed. superb colors, nice details and sharpness. good notes. thanks. best wishes.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-11 23:20]

Hi Peter,
Nice POV and a good composition. These guys seem to be interested in you :o) TFS
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-12 8:32]

Hi Peter,

How wonderful to see this pair of Macaws looking down from the tree! The poses are marvelous. Excellent colors and details of the two. The eyes are amazing - probably keeping them on you. Beautiful setting and a wonderful blue sky.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-12 9:33]

Hi Pat.
Fantastic exposure and perfect colour palette despite the light sky (BG). The set of tree branches and wonderful birds are looked perfectly. DOF is superb. Details of all object are very nice and pleasant. Bravo and TFS.

Ipressionnnatn deux du coups avec une grnade netteté et une belle composition.

Hi Peter,
Nicely composed image of this beautiful Macaw pair.
Great color and good details seen
Pleasing natural setting

Great exposure with nice color and good detail Peter. They seem to be in the wild? Nice natural setting..Well composed,
Well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-13 7:38]

Hello Peter

What a beautiful shot of these macaws.The plumage is amazing.
Wonderful colours.
The clarity is excellent with sharp details.


hi peter,

i like this mosaical picture with all those colors!nice compo!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-16 6:17]

Hello Peter,
How marvellous to be able to see and and photograph these magnificent birds in the wild!
I like the composition very much, the Green-winged Macaws being lined up diagonally, parallel to each other as well as to some of the branches of the tree that they are sitting in. The tree allows plenty of light and blue sky to form a fine BG. The macaws are sharp and well exposed.
A superb capture that stimulates the imagination as to what it was like to experience this sight.
Thanks for this one.
Well done and have a nice weekend,

Belíssima!! Parabéns!!

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