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Blue & Yellow Macaws - Singapore (4) by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & 80-400mm lens
@ 400mm

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The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, 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. It is therefore listed as Least Concern by BirdLife International.
These birds can reach 76–86 cm (29.9-33.9 inches) long and weigh 900 to 1300 g (2-3 lbs). They are vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, dark blue chin, golden under parts and a green forehead. Beaks are black, and very strong for crushing nuts. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small black feathers.
There is little variation in plumage across the range. Some birds have a more orangey or “butterscotch” underside color, particularly on the breast. This was often seen in Trinidad birds and others of the Caribbean area, and appears to be due to environmental factors.[citation needed] The Blue-and-yellow Macaw uses its powerful beak for breaking nutshells, and also for climbing up and hanging from trees.
The Blue-and-yellow Macaw generally mates for life. It nests in a tree hole and the female typically lays two or three eggs. The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 90 days after hatching

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • supergold
    supergoldalmost 3 years ago

    wonderful colors

  • Thank you Fred.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrarialmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous photography Ralph!! Love the body language!!! :))

  • Thanks Vicki for your lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 3 years ago

    Stunning Pair, great comp.

  • Many thanks Warren.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamalmost 3 years ago

    wonderful ralph !

  • Thanks a lot Dean.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    ( To help us tidy up the group it would be appreciated if you could remove as many of your older works as possible – Thanks Ray )

    If you have already done this THANK YOU

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Ralph this is simply adorable, excellent capture and priceless image.

  • Thanks very much Andrea for your lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...almost 3 years ago

    They are so beautiful, and so colourful, all love Normaje

  • Thanks you very much Norma for the kind comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • julie08
    julie08almost 3 years ago

    Lovely shot :)

  • Thanks Julie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 3 years ago

    Adorable capture! Love their interaction! Great color and clarity!

  • Thanks very much for the nice comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • dgrizzle
    dgrizzlealmost 3 years ago

    January 17, 2012
    Beautiful Work

  • Thanks so much for that Darcy. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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