Lear's (Indigo) Macaws in flight

Posted by Ivan Sjögren on Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:51 am

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This is one from a trip to NE Brazil earlier this year. The Lear's Macaws are one of the rarest parrots in the world and is severely restricted to two populations in a range of canyons going through two states. They nest in fissure in cliffs, seen in the background here. Witnessing this protected area together with some friends was a mind-blowing experience. Not often you get to see something of this scale in nature. In early morning the parrots walk out of their nesting holes (sometimes up to several meters in height inside, like a small room in the mountain) and start vocalizing. When the sun hits the wall, they fly out to feed. These cliffs have a special reddish color which is even more in the exaggerated morning sun. I was happy with this shot of a pair, the top with some food in the beak. Let me know if you find the dark line distracting. All comments welcome of course!

Canon 5D Mark IV | Canon 500mm f/4.0 L IS USM II | ISO 800 | f/5.6 | 1/2000s
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by Dan Kearl on Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:22 am
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Wait a nice frame... Colors are terrific, excellent background and 2 sharp in the frame.
Nice work.. line does not bother me.

by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:49 pm
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This is very special, both as a shot and a story. Beautifully done. In the uncompressed version , the dark line(s) don't really bother me- they are lighter and much less distracting.
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by Mako_Elite on Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:34 pm
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Really nice shot and I love the BG. Dark lines are fine, no problem. Thanks for the info about the birds.


by Karl Egressy on Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:27 am
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Love the alternating wing position of the two. Lovely image.

by E.J. Peiker on Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:01 pm
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Fantastic to get these rare birds in the same plane. A huge congrats!

by Carol Clarke on Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:34 pm
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Beautiful capture, Ivan! Excellent as is, and love the alternate wing positions.

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by Biru Mitra on Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:50 am
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This is a fine shot. Lovely write-up too.

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