Another shot from the Great Bubbler Expedition to the Adelaide Zoo, September 25, 2011.

Canon EOS400D, Canon L EF lens, 400 fixed, 1/125th, f/5.6, ISO 400, handheld. Slightly cropped.

Every day there is a free-flying demonstration of the Zoo’s magnificent blue macaw. People sit around on the lawn and the bird swoops very close to heads, and children, and strollers, and everyone, as he goes in a pre-determined flightpath around a small park in the Zoo grounds. Once, some years ago, he actually landed on my shoulder as he winged his way across the park – truly a memorable experience. For just the briefest second I felt his weight as he landed and had a close-up view of his eye and his beautiful feathered face, before he took off again and landed where he was meant to. The keeper later told me that the bird had never done that before … I bet he says that to all the girls.

Anyway, on this occasion he stuck to the flightplan, but I found it impossible to track him with my 400 lens (frankly I couldn’t even see him!), and so I had to wait for one of his brief stops on the way.


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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you Ann:)

    – Denzil

  • Su Walker
    Su Walkeralmost 3 years ago

    Luv the fact he landed on you – must have been some connection at that time. Gorgeous bird.

  • Yes, I felt very special that time:) I kinda hoped he’d do it again …

    – Denzil

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldalmost 3 years ago

    Nice one Denzil, like me you got stationary shots – the flying ones were just too hard – but what a beautiful boy he is!!!

  • Isn’t he gorgeous??? It’s terrific that we can get up so close to him, even if we can’t catch him on the wing LOL

    – Denzil

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice capture Denzil, beautiful colours, Mark.

  • Thanks Mark – he’s superb!

    – Denzil

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldalmost 3 years ago

    You did brilliantly,Denzil,a lovely shot!!

  • Thanks Lance – you should see the failures ‘on the wing’ – they’re pretty funny!

    – Denzil

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 3 years ago

    Stunning capture,stunning colors Denzil.

    Cheers jude

  • Many thanks – he’s such a beauty:)

    – Denzil

  • Nicole Besch
    Nicole Beschalmost 3 years ago

    A great portait with beautiful colors and so very sharp and clear!

  • Thanks Nicole – he sat still just long enough for me!

    – Denzil

  • Stephen Muller
    Stephen Mulleralmost 3 years ago

    Great detail Denzil.

  • Thanks Stephen:)

    – Denzil

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot!!

  • Many thanks Wendi:)

    – Denzil

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Many thanks Carol:)

    – Denzil

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