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Blue-throated macaw

Blue-throated macaw
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Copyright: Jan Hendrik van Rooyen (janhendrik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 363 W: 58 N: 667] (2392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Macaws [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-04 17:21
Viewed: 4769
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis)

RANGE: Northern central Bolivia.

LIFE SPAN: May live to 80 years or more.

HABITAT: Inhabits swampy lowlands to savannah grasslands.


1. This species was unknown to aviculture until the 1970s and still today a limited number of ornithologists are unsure if it is truly a separate species, but rather a subspecies of the blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna).

2. Macaws are monogamous, remaining bonded for life. They are often seen flying in large flocks and the bonded pairs fly close together, their wings nearly touching.

3. In the wild, macaws often flock to mountains of clay known as "macaw licks".

4. When disturbed, these bright birds screech loudly and circle overhead with their long tails streaming.

5. Macaws are playful and inquisitive and are able to mimic human vocalizations very well.

6. Macaws are extremely messy eaters - their incredibly strong beaks are perfectly adapted for eating all sorts of nuts and seeds, as seen in their ability to crack open incredibly hard-shelled nuts with ease.

7. Macaws are able to reach speeds of up to 35 mph.

This picture was taken at the Monte Casino Bird Park just before 17H00. You will notice the yellow/orange light of late afternoon.

SOURCE: ANIMAL BYTES - Blue-throated Macaw

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2005-08-04 17:30]

Hi Jan,

Great shot. Fantastic sharpness, details and colors. Nice lights.


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  • zakiwi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 20 N: 274] (1309)
  • [2005-08-04 18:19]

Hey Jan ---

Another awesome shot from you boet. Amazing. I really love the sharpness against the very soft background. Wonderful DOF.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-04 18:48]

Hi Jan, great shot. The lighting is superb and the focus is spot on. The composition is very good and the little glint in the eye is lovely. I forgot to mention the gorgeous colours. Well done.

Wow, Jan... gorgeous coloring and detail. The soft BG is superb. Exceptional! :-)

Great image Jan Hendrik, mooi so. Beaut colours and razor sharp showing the face feathers so well. Background taken out of play imcreases impact, especially the on the beak. Well done, Rob

Hello Jan Hendrik,
this is a wonderful portrait of a macaw. Great Details and wonderful coloures. Exellent job.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-05 7:13]

HI Jan, excellent portrait of this beautiful parrot. Good sharp details and colours, nice and sharp too. Well done.
And your notes are very interesting, thank you.

Hello Jan

Magnificent shot. Excellent light, sharpnes, details and catchlight. The colours are outstanding. No nits here! Thanks.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-05 10:30]

Jan, lovely colors, perfect composition and sharpness. Great portrait.

These birds are bery beautiful, and your shot shows this very well. Congratulations.

I added your picture to a theme of mine.

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-10-05 17:19]

I like the expression on the macaws face. I might try cropping it in from the left though, the background is a bit distracting. I also wanted to let you know that this is actually a Blue & Gold macaw. The Blue-Throated macaws are actually more of a turquoise blue on the back as well as where the black is in this picture coming down from the throat (it extends farther down). The other change is that the black markings on the face are actually turquoise as well on the Blue-Throated. Nice capture though!
TFS Steph

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