Scarlet Macaw Pictures

Yesterday 4 bright scarlet macaws surprised me as I was watching television.  I spotted the bright orange birds out of the corner of my eye and just about hit the roof as I jumped out of my seat on the couch to get my camera.  I photographed the scarlet macaws for about an hour with my zoom camera lens, but the fact that the light was low and my camera isn’t working properly meant that most of the pictures I got are fairly low quality.  The very last photo I took, I tried to capture the scene and the bird, although the macaw is tiny in this shot but, thanks to its bright colour, it is still very easy to spot.  I’ve included two other images I caught as well.

Spot the Macaw

Spot the Macaw – The scarlet macaws where hiding out most of the time in this tree across the road from the apartment.  I have a 70-200mm lens so I couldn’t really get too close, but the view behind the scene is beautiful as well.

Scarlet Macaw in flight

Scarlet Macaw in flight – The macaws came right into the apartment complex at first and stood perched on the ledge of one of the apartments.  It was pretty impressive and they were very tame.  In fact, one of the residents stood about 5 feet from them as they relaxed.

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw – This is maybe my favourite of the photos because the colours are just so dramatic.  They really are beautiful birds.  I love seeing them out in nature, but to be able to see them from my deck was a different experience all together.


Author: Brendan van Son

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7 Comments

    • @Andrew – HAHAHAHA… yes!

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  1. Some nice shots with a broken camera. What exactly is wrong with it now? I had issues with my lens and body on my most recent journey across Asia.

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    • @Samuel – Some electrical communication between the lens and body is not working. They said it’s a 1000$ fix. Basically the camera only lets me shoot in the auto modes so I can’t choose the ISO, change the aperture, shutter speed, etc. I have to be creative. Use the landscape mode for higher fstops and no flash for smaller. It will officially become a video camera starting next week.

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  2. Looks like you got a couple of sweet shots in flight. Very cool to see a couple of these out your window. I only see European starlings out my window. Very ugly birds.

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  3. haha, found him! It was kind of like Where’s Waldo 🙂

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    • Hahaha… I’m glad it was fun!

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