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Old Aug 2, 2010, 7:48 PM   #1
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We went to visit the kids over in Port St. John, Florida this weekend.
The weather wasn't co-operating at all, the heat index was 115 degrees!
To top it all off it was the busiest day of the year because they were letting students and one adult in free plus additional adults for $6. After standing in line for 20 minuets I was soaking wet, I was so miserable I almost called it quits and went back to the car but, I kept thinking about the photo opportunity and hung in there. I was glad I did, I came home with several keepers. I wish I had a better lens but, I did the best I could with the 55-300mm. None of them were what I would call great but, I was pleased with what I got. Here are a few examples...


Hyacinth Macaw
This guy was being fed a treat by the zoo keeper, he had to say High five and raise his foot to give the keeper a High five, them she gave him a treat.








These are called "Blue & Gold Macaw"
I don't know why they ignore the red.











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Old Aug 2, 2010, 9:30 PM   #2
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Love the parrots! Very good pictures, too - you can't really fault them.
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Fine shots of lovely parrots, GW. The first one is a Hyacinth, the largest of all parrots with a very pleasant temperament. It can chop off your finger, but it won't. With that huge beak it can peel a grapeseed.

The second one is a Scarlet macaw, Ara macao. (I'm 100% sure, I've got one). The Blue and Gold, Ara ararauna, looks just like it is called, blue and yellow. Maybe they were somewhere else in the aviary?

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I love the intense color of the Macaws GW...very sharp and nice bokeh.
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Beautiful bird pictures GW sharp and nicely posed. Colors are superb on these creatures.

Can't wait to see the rest!

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Old Aug 3, 2010, 12:58 PM   #6
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Thanks for the complements, guys.

Hey Kjell, You are correct sir, I was misinformed by another patron regarding the Blue and Gold, (or blue & yellow) I shouild know better than to take somebody else's word but, they sounded like they knew what they were talking about. At least I got the
Hyacinth right. I saw the sign with my own two eyes!
I'm amazed your cat put up with the Macaw! He must have been a smart cat and knew his limitations.


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Great shots GW - especially the first close up of the Scarlet !
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GW, the cat and the macaw actually got along very well after a period of mutual suspiciousness. The cat would allow the bird to groom it's fur, starting with the tail and working towards the head. Until he got to the ears, where the cat said Stop!, with a slap in the birds face. I guess the bird didn't understand the difference between feathers and ears and pulled to hard. I had a hard time believing what I saw for a start, but grew used to it as it became "normal routine of the house." I still miss that bird. It was my first parrot, budgies uncounted.

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Old Aug 3, 2010, 3:28 PM   #9
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What a great story, Kjell!
Too bad you didn't have a video of that, that would be a keepsake for sure.
I entertained the thought of getting a parrot until I moved into a neighborhood where the family across the street had one. Boy, was he loud! They would put him on the front pouch and he would carry on for hours.
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Stunning shots GW, awesome bokeh and colour!

Might have to get me one of those 55-300's, pretty damn sharp!
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