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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Macaws, Birds of South America, Birds of PERU, Fauna of NEOTROPIC (Central & South America) Reg. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-14 6:23
Viewed: 6766
Points: 48
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Scarlet Macaw
Ara macao

*The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is a large, colorful Macaw.
It is native to humid evergreen forests in the American tropics. Range extends from extreme south - eastern Mexico to Amazonian Peru, Braziland Ecuador in lowlands up to 500 m (1,640 ft) (at least formerly) up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft). It has been widely extirpated by habitat destruction and capture for the pet trade. Formerly it ranged north to southern Tamaulipas. It can still be found on the island of Coiba. It is also the Honduran national bird.
It is about 81 to 96 cm (32 to 36 inches) long, of which more than half is the pointed, graduated tail typical of all macaws. The average weight is about a kilogram (2 to 2.5 pounds). The plumage is mostly scarlet, but the rump and tail-covert feathers are light blue, the greater upperwing coverts are yellow, the upper sides of the flight feathers of the wings are dark blue as are the ends of the tail feathers, and the undersides of the wing and tail flight feathers are dark red with metallic gold iridescence. Some individuals may have green in the wings. Three subspecies present varying widths in their yellow wing band. There is bare white skin around the eye and from there to the bill. Tiny white feathers are contained on the face patch. The upper mandible is mostly pale horn in color and the lower is black. Sexes are alike; the only difference between ages is that young birds have dark eyes, and adults have light yellow eyes.

Scarlet Macaws make loud, low-pitched, throaty squawks, squeaks and screams designed to carry many miles to call for their groups.
*Source: Wikipedia

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-14 6:29]

Hello Selen
Wonderful portrait of this Macaw. A top quality image with vivid colors and sharp details

Hi Selen.
This bird look great and have wonderfull colour.
Verry nice immage with good details and clarity.Congratulations.
Best regards and greetings.

Hello Selen! Nice shot. Very nice colours. Good exposure. Very good contrast and sharpness. Interesting note. Well done!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-14 7:25]

Wonderful capture this lovely Ara macao!
The sharpness of the details is amazing!
Colors are so beautiful!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-14 7:28]

Hi Selen
Beautiful portrait.Extremely sharp image with fantastic plumage detail.Colors are outstanding.
TFS Michel

hello Selen
great portrait with marvellous colours, beautiful the opposition that they create with the green background! TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-14 7:44]

Merhaba Selen hanim,
A wonderful close portrait of the Scarlet Macaw taken from your trip to Peru last year. Technically this is superb with fine colours and sharpness and the composition against a OOF natural green BG is excellent.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-14 8:31]

Hello Selen,
Very nice to see a photo from you again.
Fantastic portrait of this macaw in excellent sharp details, splendid colours against a beautiful contrasting BG.
Very good choice of composition.
Kind regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-14 9:53]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Çok güzel bir portre çalışması olmuş.Renkler,kontrast,sade fon,gözdeki canlılık,detaylar 4/4 lük.Yüzdeki ifade de çok hoş.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-14 10:15]

Hi Selen. Now this is a colourful looking bird. Which you have taken with very sharp focusing and fine detail around the eye area. Your use of the light has made the eye shine andnatural looking colours to the red feathers. TFS.

Merhaba Selen, fantastic portrait of lovely Ara with wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-14 11:36]

Hello Selen,
This Macaw looks fantastic in this close portrait! The colours are wonderful and the details very sharp. A fine background to set it off too.
TFS and all the best, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-14 12:40]

Hello Selen,
An excellent portrait on this Macaw. The colors are vivid!. Superb detail, and a nice OOF backround. Good Job!
Best regards Siggi

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-14 15:00]

Merhaba Selen hanım,
renkleri çok alımlıymış, netliği ve detaylarıyla çok güzel fotoğraf olmuş.
Tebrik ederim.

merhaba Selen Hanım
epey bir aradan sonra sizden bir fotoğraf görmek ne güzel. hele ki böylesine iyi çekilmiş harika bir kare olunca. renkler, pozlama, detaylar ve kadraj. hepsi çok güzel. sade arka fon da güzelliğine güzellik katmış. elinize sağlık.
fotoğraflarınızı daha sık görmek dileğiyle, sağlıcakla kalın, iyi geceler, selamlar.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-12-14 17:33]

Hola Selen.
Muy hermosa Tu foto Selen. Toda una belleza. Exelente trabajo logrado aqui. Los colores son un deleite para la vista. Felicidades.
Saludos. Un abrazo.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-15 0:14]

Hola Selen,
gran retrato,colorido de lujo...
nitidez y bonita presentación.

Hello Selen,
a fantastic portrait of the Scarlet Macaw (Loreto is a classic name of parrot from Spanish "Loro"), superb sharpness and wonderful vivid colours, i like this very pleasing close composition
Best regards

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2009-12-15 14:09]

Hello Selen,

What a remarkable portrait of this colorful Ara! You managed perfectly with the red using your 40D (which is not always easy!) The eye is perfectly clear and the green bg enhances so well the bird! Excellent exposition with the whites too.

A very impressive picture, IMHO!!!



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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2009-12-19 12:57]

Hi again,
Very colorful with this bright red feather. Red and Green, just in tiem for Christmas. Beautiful composition, lovely details. thanks.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-19 19:31]

Hello Selen,
The colors and detail are exceptional in this wonderful close-up photo. Love the composition, vivid coloration, and perfect exposure you managed to capture!! Great work!!

Hallo Selen
Great portrait with strong and warm colours that you have captured beautifully. The details in the face and eye are not just super sharp, but ever so pretty and very stylish. I fancy the fine feathers running from the face, blending into the rest of the red feathers. Thanks for sharing this wonderful picture, and I also want to use this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2010. Thank you also for all your valuable contributions to the Trek Nature site. Best regards.

Merhaba Selen Hanım,

Bu Peru dilberinden nefis bir portre almışsınız.
Çok tatlı bir yüz ifadesi var.
Elinize sağlık.


I missed this colourful guy, Selen, it is lovely and I like the brilliant red very much.
All the best for you in 2010, selamlar
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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