Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Scarlet Macaw

My vacation to Costa Rica was very productive, seeing many more species than my previous visit 2 years ago. A highlight is of course the Scarlet Macaw, which is endangered. The resort I stayed at is on a sanctuary for these gorgeous creatures, and goes so far as to set up man-made nesting boxes for them. I saw them daily landing in Almond trees which is a large part of their diet.


Scarlet Macaw, originally uploaded by Hannibals Animals.

This image above is my favorite!



The colors on this large animal are so vibrant!



Getting close to these guys wasn't easy. I used plenty of stealth and failed many times, but determination does eventually pay off!



Finding them is pretty easy. They are extremely noisy!



Catching them in flight took lots of tries. I got lucky with this close distance.



Tomorrow...Capuchin Monkeys!

Also, don't forget to click on any photo to see them larger!

10 comments:

Johnny Nutcase said...

Awesome! Nice photo! We spent a month in CR about a year ago and the Macaws were definitely one of the highlights. Glad you had a fun time! We just got back from Trinidad and Tobago, so many great birds. Look forward to more of your pictures!

Slow Motion...always an adventure said...

We usually only see them in small cages...so nice to see them living the way they were meant to.

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Chris said...

Wow what a chance you got to see this bird!!! Wonderful pictures you got there! I love the first one also and the flying shot!! Really good pictures you got there!!!

Richard said...

Great pictures. Glad you had a great and productive trip.

jalynn01 said...

You're back...yippee!! wow what nice photos of a very bright colorful bird. Great to see them in their natural habitat. Nice! can't wait for the monkeys..

Vicki ~ FL said...

Beautiful birds and to be so luck to see them in the wild.....

Leeloo said...

O I gasped at your flight picture, WOW!! You are so good at this and you are so lucky to have been able to observe and photograph macaws in the wild! Amazing!

sweet bay said...

Really beautiful images, well done! It's wonderful to see these magnificent birds in the wild.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wow,that's a beautiful bird.Your pictures are excellent,but,that is what I would expect from you.
Blessings,Ruth

TSannie said...

Wonderful! My parents are off to Costa Rica on the 24th. Hope they get to see these magnificent birds - and the monkeys.