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This is Gandalf an 8 years old Blue and yellow Macaw, he lives at Weatheriggs Animal sanctuary in Cumbria. Think he took quite a shine to either me or my cameraTongue

Here's the anorak bit!

Macaws are beautiful, brilliantly colored members of the parrot family.

Many macaws have vibrant plumage. The coloring is suited to life in Central and South American rain forests, with their green canopies and colorful fruits and flowers. The birds boast large, powerful beaks that easily crack nuts and seeds, while their dry, scaly tongues have a bone inside them that makes them an effective tool for tapping into fruits.

Macaws also have gripping toes that they use to latch onto branches and to grab, hold, and examine items. The birds sport graceful tails that are typically very long.

Macaws are intelligent, social birds that often gather in flocks of 10 to 30 individuals. Their loud calls, squawks, and screams echo through the forest canopy. Macaws vocalize to communicate within the flock, mark territory, and identify one another. Some species can even mimic human speech.

Flocks sleep in the trees at night, and in the morning they may fly long distances to feed on fruit, nuts, insects, and snails. Some species also eat damp soil, which may help to neutralize chemicals in their fruity diet and ease their stomachs.

Macaws typically mate for life. They not only breed with, but also share food with their mates and enjoy mutual grooming. In breeding season, mothers incubate eggs while fathers hunt and bring food back to the nest.

There are 17 species of macaws, and several are endangered. These playful birds are popular pets, and many are illegally trapped for that trade. The rain forest homes of many species are also disappearing at an alarming rate.

All C&Cs welcome

Thanks for looking

Den

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm 4.5-5.6G ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:7 Jun 2012 - 12:40 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Gandalf
Username:213hardy 213hardy
Uploaded:9 Jun 2012 - 9:25 AM
Tags:Birds, Close-up / macro, General, Macaws, Parrot, Pets / captive animals
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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 697 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2012 - 9:27 AM

Great close up, great bird and a great write up. Great.....

Andy

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41017 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2012 - 9:48 AM

Sharp close crop, Den.

Dave

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Frordrangk
9 Jun 2012 - 10:11 AM

Ugly yet beautiful at the same time. Well done. Hope your camera wasn't attacked while taking shots.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2012 - 6:47 PM


Quote: Great close up, great bird and a great write up. Great.....

Andy

I think the same, Den!SmileSmileSmile

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Michaela_Solway
Michaela_Solway e2 Member 3Michaela_Solway vcard
9 Jun 2012 - 11:06 PM

Wonderful sharp details,, vibrant colours... Nice work

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