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Old May 6, 2012, 4:39 PM   #1
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Old May 6, 2012, 5:19 PM   #2
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That is an absolutely gorgeous bird. Nice color and detail that you captured. Well done.
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Old May 6, 2012, 5:22 PM   #3
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Thanks, Steven. Damara is a hyacinth macaw who was about 3 feet away from me in this photo. While she was watching me, I was definitely watching her - that beak is way dangerous.
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yeah, I was looking at that beak, would not want a finger near it.

(They have a pair of those rescued at Busch Gardens, but have never been able to get a good shot of them. On the viewing side they use a wire type mesh with small openings to keep stupid people from trying to put a hand inside the cage. Keeps both the people and birds safe, but interferes with the photography. ) The other rescued parrots are usually setting out in the open looking down at the tourists.
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Beautiful bird and well-captured, Ted. That's a finger-lopper if I ever saw one.
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Very nice picture Ted.
That beak can do some damage to a finger. Claws look sharp too
Don't mess with that bird
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Thanks, guys. She definitely is beautiful but dangerous. Our rescue aviary is basically an avian psych ward.
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Hey ted !

First thoughts .. thats a big bird ... Second.. my shes pretty in Blue...and thrid.. crickey look at those talons!

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Damara is gentle with Riggs, the aviary caretaker, but after 15 minutes or so he's reached his limit with the talons. She's a heavy bird. BTW, macaws are herbivores - those talons are for moving around in trees not for capturing prey.
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Over on the FourThirdsPhoto forum there's an ongoing discussion about primes versus zooms. It's actually an adult discussion (unlike another forum we know) where the 4/3 users who love shooting with primes and who have had little choice in the past, are becoming happy with the 43 lens selection (which is mostly primes).

The folks who like primes note that that tends to make for a more introspective process. I was chuckling about that yesterday, thinking those folks never shoot events, like the one surrounding the photo I posted to start this thread. We had a group of Girl Scout Daisies visit our parrot rescue aviary yesterday. (Daisies are, apparently, a recent innovation that brings kindergarten-age girls in - the step before Brownies.)

So in the course of shooting yesterday I went from this:



to this:



to this a few moments later:



There was no zooming with my friggin feet gonna happen here. Jeez I love Oly 43 zooms.

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PS: Yes those girls really are that adorable.
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