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Red-and-green Macaw

Red-and-green 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, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-05-25 6:35
Viewed: 6490
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The most impressive area on earth where I’ve seen spectacular birds was the Pantanal in Brazil. Lately when I looked again at my photos of that vacation I saw this photo.
I made it while we did some enquiry of the nests of Hyacinth Macaws with rangers of the WWF. Except Hyacinth Macaws we were surrounded by these Red-and-green Macaws. It was like a red flame in a green environment against an incredible blue sky.

The Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloropterus), also known as the Green-winged Macaw, is a large mostly-red macaw of the Ara genus.

This is the largest of the Ara genus, widespread in the forests and woodlands of northern and central South America. However, in common with other macaws, in recent years there has been a marked decline in its numbers due to habitat loss and illegal capture for the parrot trade.

The Red-and-green Macaw can be readily identified from the Scarlet Macaw as whilst the breast of both birds is bright red, the upper-wing covert feathers of the Red-and-green Macaw are green (as opposed to yellow, or yellow and green in the Scarlet Macaw). In addition, the Red-and-green Macaw has characteristic red lines around the eyes formed by rows of tiny feathers on the otherwise bare white skin patch; this is one of the biggest differences from a Scarlet Macaw to the casual viewer. Iridescent teal feathers are surrounded by red on the tail.

It is second only in size to the Hyacinth Macaw, the largest bird of the macaw family. The wingspan of the Red-and-green Macaw can be up to 49 inches (125 cm), with a total body length of 39 inches (100 cm). A healthy adult will weigh between 1,250 and 1,700 grams.
The Red-and-green Macaw has a very powerful beak which can generate a pressure of 2000 psi and can snap a broomstick in half. This powerful beak has evolved to crush or open even the hardest nuts and seeds.

The Red-and-green Macaw generally mates for life. The female typically lays two or three eggs in a nest made in a hole in a tree. The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 90 days after hatching.

These birds can live up to 80 years in captivity.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
super mooie kleuren met veel scherpte
leuk genomen zo in de lucht
Doet me denken aan Elswout daar zie je ook Ara,s vliegen ,maar welk soort ara weet ik niet ze broeden er ook
groetjes lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-25 6:56]

Hello Peter.
This is beautiful with perfect POV, composition, exposure and superb colors. Thanks for sharing this excellent and interesting post.Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
Fantastic in-flight bird captured! beautiful colorful image, great sharpness and very nice point of view, very well captured!
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic bird in great fly, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness, perfect focus and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi peter,

That's a great shot of a flying bird. I like the blue in the BG. The note is interesting. Well done & TFS.


Hello Peter,
Incredible colors macaws. A great moment shot.

Hey Peter,

Wow what great timing here my friend, fabulous exposure control to capture such wonderful colours, perhaps the sharpness is a tad out, but can be overlooked with this striking composition here, fabulous work Peter and well done,
Congratulations and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,


Hi Peter,
what a nice capture. Amazing unusual colours. Great point of view. Very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-05-25 8:25]

Hi Peter.
First of all I have thought that these birds were appeared in Europe. I was mistaken :). It is Brazil only. Impressive in-flight picture of unusual for us bird. Great moment, amazing colours and superb composition. TFS and best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-25 8:52]

Magnificent in-flight pic...what a sharpness and what a perfect bird to contrast whit its colors the blue of sky.A very professional work,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Peter
Impressive species and beautiful photo with excellent composition and good sharpness. The colours are fantastic.

Nicely caught, suspended in mid-air! Very nice!
regards yiannis

Mooi kleurrijk plaatje zo, het zijn toch wel erg fotogenieke beesten


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-05-25 10:01]

Hi Peter,
Perfect capture of beautiful flying parrot.
Very excellen work.
Regards Jiri.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-05-25 10:02]

Hello Peter !
Beautiful shot of this scarlet macaw.I´m from Brazil and live in Brazil but I never saw such beautiful bird in freedon...So you are lucky !
Great shot, wonderful colors,beautiful composition! Well done!
Nice evening!

Hallo Peter,
a beautiful capture of the Red-and-green Macaw taken from an excellent point of view in a great flying posture, splendid colours and good contrast against a blue sky, a nice composition
Best regards

Ciao Peter. Great pic in fly and wonderful colours! Best compliments.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-05-25 10:48]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this Red-and-green Macaw, TFS!

Hello Peter
Great timing, beautiful details and colors. Well Done!
Regards Hedesan

Atractiva y hábil captura, con buena carga de dinamismo. No estoy acostumbrado
a ver estas especies jeje.
Un abrazo Peter.

Hi Peter,
Fatastic shot Peter! Impressive colours contrast and very good timing.
Sharpness and details are excellent.
Thanks for sharing

great capture Peter !

congratulations !

lovely subject !

have a nice evening !

ciuao, tino

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-25 16:13]

Hello Peter,
What a beautiful bird in-flight,nice colors and great timing.TFS.

Hello Peter!... What a view MF!.... Really impressive!...
Congratualtions!... Also a great timing an perfect exposure level.
Regards, TFS

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-25 18:15]

Very beautiful flight image of this lovely macaw, never seen before viewpoint, the tail is very interesting along with spread wings. tfs.

Wow, excellent photo of this beautiful parrot in flight!

Hello Peter

WOW ! great in-flight shot of the Red-and-green Macaw
with the frontal POV and that great eye-contact
that the bird is having with you, excellent contrast
of the 2 main color tones, beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hola Peter

Vaya, que bella composición de colores con ese fondo azul y ese Guacamayo precioso. Un buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Peter,
Excellent in-flight capture with perfect timing and fantastic colors. I especially love the composition where the wings are forming a nice semi-diagonal line. Gorgeous lights and contrast. Majestic shot, Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-26 18:39]

Hello Peter
What a great shot you draw from your archives. A very bright and sharp photo with a beautiful diagonal composition including that colorful bird against a deep blue sky. A photo you can be proud of.

Bonjour Peter,
L'attitude du sujet n'est peut-ętre pas extraordinaire mais cela ne nuit nullement ŕ la remarquable qualité de cette impressionnante photographie oů l'on retrouvre la maitrise de la lumičre, de la vitesse et du sens artistique de l'auteur avec cette formidable opposition sur l'arričre plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Medina (117)
  • [2011-06-19 5:17]

hello peter,
This is a wonderfgull photo of this colourfull bird.. TFS


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