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Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-19 20:50
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Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Scarlet Macaw
(Ara macao)

Scarlet macaws are large colorful parrots that live in Central and South America. Some scientists think that the scarlet macaws found in Central America, called Ara macao cyanoptera, are a different subspecies from those found in Brazil, called Ara macao macao. A subspecies is a group of animals that is very similar to, but slightly different from, other animals within the same species. The South American scarlet macaw is a red and yellow bird with white patches on its face and green feathers on its wings. The Central American scarlet macaw is also red and yellow with white patches on its face, but is larger and has blue on its wings instead of green. The Central American scarlet macaw is found in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, while the South American scarlet macaw is found in Columbia, Equador, Peru and Brazil.

Other scientists think that there should only be one species of scarlet macaw called Ara macao. They think that there are not enough differences between the South American and Central American scarlet macaws to make them separate subspecies. Scientists are now using genetic analysis and other scientific methods to try to answer this question.

Scarlet macaws prefer undisturbed rainforest. They eat fruits, nuts, flowers and nectar, and they often eat unripe fruit and nuts that other animals avoid. These macaws also eat clay from river banks. No one is sure why they do this, but the clay seems to be important to them. One hypothesis is that the clay helps the parrots to digest poisonous chemicals found in the unripe fruit they eat.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-20 1:45]

Hello JP, what a beauty!! I love his colours and especially how we can see his wing and body tones too. Wonderful capture, he looks like he is having fun watching you too. TFS

Hello JP,
Excellent details in this colourful bird!
I like your point of view, and the image is well composed...
The plumage comes through very nicely!
Pablo -

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
Nice shot, sharp. Well composed and nicely framed. However, BG seems to be OE. Yes, it is not easy to take a picture under huge different light intensities between main object and its BG.

Ben Lakitan

hi jean,
lovely shot,
well composed, nice pov, good dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Jeanpaul.
I like your colourful picture very much that is why I have shared my workshop. The reproduction of the bird I think is perfect. Sharpness, colours, natural pose are excellent. But the colours of BG for this nice bird is too simple, it seems to me. I have tried to make some changes. As a variant Do not judge strictly. My best regards and TFS.

bonjour JP
dans un autre registre mais tres colore,ce ara est tres bien pris avec un bon point de vue.un petit bemol pour le mur surexposé.

This is the second Macaw I am seeing on TN today and it is as beautiful as any other, JP.
The OE parts within the frame do not cause any harm to the main subject, IMO. Maybe you were shooting under testing light conditions.
TFS and take care.

ils est très beauet grâce à votre explication,je sais pourquoi ils sont agressif lorsque l'on approche la main brusquement. Thomas

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-20 19:06]

Hi Jean Paul,
Great shot of this colourfull ara.
I like the POV, the background a little to light, but we cannot have everything what we want is not it.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-21 16:02]

Hello Jeanpaul
What a beautiful picture! Maybe it is not perfectly sharp because of the contrast, but I love its composition. Very well achieved. Congratulations
Best wishes

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-21 22:17]

Hello jeanpaul

A very nice image of this scarlet macaw.The colours are very beautiful. Good composition .I like the POV and DOF.The details are clear and sharp.TFS

Truly beautiful! Nice details, lightning, coloration... everything!

Just one thing; this isn't a Scarlet. The Scarlet has a lighter red color and yellow on it's wings. This is a Greenwing Macaw, Ara Chloroptera.

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-09-26 17:40]

This is a great picture of the macaw. I wish the bottom hadn't been as washed out, because it tends to pull your eye there first. But, the expression and the colors on the bird are great! I did want to correct you however... this is actually a green-wing macaw and not a scarlet. The scarlet's have the yellow instead of the green on the wings, and no facial markings on the white. Meanwhile, the green-wing macaws are actually the second biggest to the hyacinth macaw, and have the red facial markings on the white skin of their face. I love the picture though!
TFS Steph

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