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Kuranda BirdWorld, Queensland, Aust

The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), also known as the Blue-and-Gold Macaw, is a member of the group of large Neotropical parrots known as macaws. It breeds in forest (especially varzea, but also in open sections of Terra Firme) and woodland of tropical South America from Trinidad and Venezuela south to Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay.

It extends slightly into Central America, where it is restricted to Panama. It is an endangered species in Trinidad, and is on the verge of being extirpated from Paraguay, but still remains widespread and fairly common in a large part of mainland South America. There is also a breeding population in Miami-Dade County, USA.2 It is therefore listed as Least Concern by BirdLife International.

I have usually had a camera in my hands since I received my first one (a humble box brownie) on my 13th birthday. Over the years as technology advanced I moved to instamatics, then a 35mm film, then to digital, finally aquiring my first DSLR, a Canon 450D last year and just recently upgrading to a Canon 7D It was love at first click… I am now rediscovering the beauty of our Great Southern Land in my quest to photograph each week…

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  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonalmost 2 years ago

    Nice shot Bev, such a lovely bird x

  • Thankyou Mel :-)

    – Bevlea Ross

  • Maxwell Campbell
    Maxwell Campbellalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Bevlea. These birds have such amazing colour. Hope this is in the bird challenge that’s on right now. Good luck if it is :-)

  • thankyou Maxwell… and yes, I’ve popped in it the challenge :-)

    – Bevlea Ross

  • pcfyi
    pcfyialmost 2 years ago

    Featured 11-4-2012
    Awesome work!

  • Thankyou! really appreciate and am honoured by the feature

    – Bevlea Ross

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    The Tropical Zone ~ FEATURES ~ November 7th, 2012

  • Thankyou Evita!

    – Bevlea Ross

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago


  • Thankyou!

    – Bevlea Ross

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 1 year ago

    Fantastic capture Bevlea! Love the colours and details.

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