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Blue-and-yellow Macaw Flying - Canon 400mm f4 DO Lens | by Paul B Jones
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Blue-and-yellow Macaw Flying - Canon 400mm f4 DO Lens

Blue-and-yellow Macaws are one of the larger members of the parrot family. They can reach 85 centimetres (34 inches) in length and weigh up to 1.5 kilograpms (3.3 pounds). They live in forest and open woodland from Central America (Panama) south to Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. They mate for life and make their nests in tree holes. Their beaks are very strong and are used to crush palm nuts and other food.


Macaws are very social birds, flying about in pairs and then joining together in larger flocks - all the time calling raucously. This photograph was taken with Canon's 400mm f4 DO lens at the Barba Azul Nature Reserve in Bolivia's Beni Savannah country.


The macaws are common in the reserve and as the sun set on our first evening several hundred streamed overhead to a nearby roosting area. In addition to being gregarious the birds were also very curious, zooming in from afar and circling close over our heads to have a look at us.


A full report on our expedition is available here:


This is a video tracing the path of our adventure:


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Taken on July 3, 2011