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Pantanal Hyacinth Macaws Red-and-Green Macaws Blue-and-yellow Macaws Barranco Alto

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#1 Bush dog

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 08:33 AM

When speaking of the Pantanal, jaguars are still in the spotlight and to a lesser extent giant anteaters, giant otters and tapirs while macaws are barely mentioned.  The jabiru is even more popular than them.  I think this is totally unfair and that perhaps it’s them who are the real stars, especially the three major species.

 

Indeed, these magnificent creatures are a feast for the eyes and they are always moving.  You can spend hours watching them and never get bored.  To do them justice, here is a selection of photographs, all taken at Barranco Alto.

 

Honour where honour is due, let’s start with the biggest one and also the most spectacular, the HYACINTH MACAW

 

Here is to begin a series of some of their stunts and antics, seen in July 2010.

 

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To be continued


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 09:42 AM

Lovely series!
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Posted 28 September 2016 - 04:33 AM

Mike, a beautiful sequence, I am looking forward to more when you have time.

 

Just missed you at BA in July 2010, I think you arrived the week after we left.


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 05:18 PM

@Bush dog

A beautiful sequence of stunning birds!

I look forward to more of your postings in this thread.


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 05:35 PM

Wonderful action shots @Bush dog!


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Posted 29 September 2016 - 07:00 AM

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Thanks a lot for your kind comments!



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Posted 29 September 2016 - 08:57 AM

@Bush dog, beautiful photos of very beautiful birds!
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Posted 29 September 2016 - 10:24 AM

Hyacinth macaws, as the other major species, generally pair for life.  They usually nest in the hollow of big trees (mandovi, taruma,…) they dig deeper, if necessary, with their strong beak.  Photos taken in September 2014.

 

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A couple nests in a big taruma close to the ranch premises.  As they are habituated to human activities, they allow you to approach them closely.  On the third picture, it is busy sharpening its beak, note the many notches.  Photos taken in July 2006 and in September 2014.

 

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Though they can feed on other nuts or fruits, I could see that, at Barranco Alto, they did it mainly on the bacuri palm’s nuts that they crack with their beak.  Photos taken in October 2013.

 

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To be continued.


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Posted 30 September 2016 - 09:36 AM

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Thanks Peter for your comments!



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Posted 30 September 2016 - 09:47 AM

October 2012, another series of a show offered by a couple of hyacinth macaws.

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 05:35 PM

The photos just keep getting better!

Thank you Mike.
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Posted 02 October 2016 - 07:23 AM

Thank you Peter.

 

We came back one hour later.  The couple was still on the same tree, on the same branch.  As soon as we stopped, it was again show time.  I came to wonder if they needed a public to start their stunts and to really ham it up. 

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 04:44 PM

Just how much better can this get Mike?

 

Wow!


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Posted 02 October 2016 - 05:31 PM

Really wonderful thread, Mike. They are such delightful birds, and you captured them perfectly.


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 09:20 AM

@Peter Connan@michael-ibk

 

Thanks a lot for your eulogistic comments.



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Posted 03 October 2016 - 09:32 AM

This is the last post concerning the hyacinth macaws.

 

A few pictures taken in September 2014.

 

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And in October 2013, a couple chasing another from a branch.  Was it again for the show ? More seriously, perhaps just for territorial reasons ?

 

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 11:35 AM

Absolutely stunning pictures. Interesting to see the courtship display.


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 03:27 PM

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Thank you so much for your kind words.



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Posted 04 October 2016 - 03:31 PM

The second species in size is the RED-AND-GREEN or GREEN-WINGED MACAW.

 

To start, a series similar to those of the hyacinth macaws but here the riot of color is more obvious.  Photos taken in October 2013.

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 03:50 PM

Great photos again Mike!

 

I don't think I've ever seen one of these...


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