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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zoo animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-02 10:05
Viewed: 4162
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sorry for the comedy title, but it seemed too obvious an opportunity to miss!

2 Military Macaws perched on a tall pole during a flying display at Whipsnade zoo. The one on the right had flown up there and was hanging on a basket of some sort, and had been hanging there for a couple of minutes before the other bird came to join him. They eventually flew off to their aviary about 1/2 a mile away, instead of returning to the keepers below, thereby ending the display prematurely!

General info about the species:
Name: Military Macaw
Scientific name: Ara militaris
Range: Northern South America
Habitat: Tropical Zones
Status: Endangered
Diet in the wild: fruit, vegetable matter, nuts and seeds

Physical description:
Length is 28" from beak to tail
Wing length is 14"
Green in color with a red forehead and small amounts of white, black, blue, and yellow on other parts of the body.
The young's plumage is duller in color than that of the mature macaws.

Military Macaws inhabit an area from Mexico southward, especially Colombia, northwestern Venezuela, northern Peru, and eastern Ecuador. They can live in pairs, in families, or in flocks as large as forty. They prefer to roost in the highest outer branches of trees, and are easily identified even out of sight by their loud screeching and croaking. Military Macaws do not have to hunt for their food, they eat fruit and nuts that are available in the area. The name "military" may have been given to the birds when they were first imported into Europe by military personnel.

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Hello Andy,
You capture some very fine details here!
Great pose from your main model, and I find the title funny indeed!
Superb colours in this very well framed image!
Pablo -

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-02 10:24]
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Hi Andy,

The title is hilarious! :) Excellent sharpness and nice colors. The pose of the left Macaw is great. The sky seems to be slightly overexposed, but nothing serious. A blue sky would have worked miracles on this picture though. Well done & TFS!


Hi Andy,
Cool shot, Very sharp and clear.
Great title..it fits perfectly and makes ya :)
Excellent note,
Very well done.

Hi Andy,
Nice catch! I love its open wing which is very beautiful. Good composition, details and colours! Good POV and timing, TFS,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-02 11:08]

Hi Andy,

Superb capture and excellent pose, good detail and nice colours.
I like the title and the fact that the Macaws went back to their avairy rather than the keepers, typical Macaw behavior.

Regards Hilary

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-02 11:11]

it's nice Andy,
a fantastic capture, great details and a fantastic quality job, very nice to look at, well done.
gr. jaap

Hello Andy,
Excellent shot of these macaws in action. The spread wing is very beautiful. Composition and pov are great. Very well done.

Hello Andy, excllent colors bG pov dof excllent action shot, seem to be a little washed out not sure, great work, TFs Kyle

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-08-02 14:32]

hehe, cool title, funny shot, andy! :-)
excellent composition of the two macaws and superb poses,
well timed on the "action", perfectly sharp and with nice colors.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-02 17:02]

Hi Andy,
Great title :-) Great shot too, excellent detail and great colours. A lovely clear view of the wing underside, I hadn't realised how uncommon it is until I looked at this shot. Good note too, great work.

Hi Andy!
Very good pose of the guy facing the camera. Excellent composition and exposure. But, since I can't see any watches, maybe the bird is doing what this one was http://www.treknature.com/gallery/North_America/United_States/photo64351.htm
I love this widely spanned wing. Congratulations,

Good morning Andy,
Just time for a very quick visit. Very busy few days.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Enjoy the rest of the week.

The title is apt in view of the posture of the birds, Andy. It is humorous!
A perfectly timed shot with great clairy, sharpness and colours.
I love the graceful curve of the open wing.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-08-03 5:27]

Hi Andy,

A great capture,think you timing was perfect,lovely shot with good colors,details and sharpness well done and TFS,


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-08-09 9:03]

This is a delightful capture (made all the more wonderful by your title). Superb sharpness and colour, wonderful composition and good notes. TFS

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