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Birds of the rainbow

This week's theme: Animals

Photo #6 - A parrot preening itself at the Singapore zoo. This bird is actually a Green and Red Macaw, which is a member of the parrot family. For a fee (about $5 I believe), you can arrange a photo shoot where a caretaker will perch one of these birds on your arm. A bit too touristy for me, so I took this shot from afar.

Parrots can live for around 50 years, so taking on one of these as pets is a life time's responsibility. In fact, macaws are particularly bad as family pets. This is because, in the wild, macaws tend to bond closely to their mates, following them all around, and fiercely defending the exclusivity of the relationship. Just imagine what would happen if your macaw pet decided to bond to you. It would aggressively fend off all your other family members from having any contact with you. With a strong beak that's designed to crack open nuts, it's no laughing matter.

What pet do you have? I had a dog, but he passed away a few years ago at a ripe old age of 17.

This photoblog is updated daily. Hope to see you again tomorrow.

Birds of the rainbow

This week's theme: Animals

Photo #6 - A parrot preening itself at the Singapore zoo. This bird is actually a Green and Red Macaw, which is a member of the parrot family. For a fee (about $5 I believe), you can arrange a photo shoot where a caretaker will perch one of these birds on your arm. A bit too touristy for me, so I took this shot from afar.

Parrots can live for around 50 years, so taking on one of these as pets is a life time's responsibility. In fact, macaws are particularly bad as family pets. This is because, in the wild, macaws tend to bond closely to their mates, following them all around, and fiercely defending the exclusivity of the relationship. Just imagine what would happen if your macaw pet decided to bond to you. It would aggressively fend off all your other family members from having any contact with you. With a strong beak that's designed to crack open nuts, it's no laughing matter.

What pet do you have? I had a dog, but he passed away a few years ago at a ripe old age of 17.

This photoblog is updated daily. Hope to see you again tomorrow.

comments (19)

  • Roger
  • 4 Mar 2006, 00:10
Fantastic shot. Excellent colors
  • david
  • 4 Mar 2006, 00:44
That is one magnificant bird! Great portrait of him. I was at the Melbourne Zoo yesterday & got some similatr shots..cheers
Tena koe ehoa
Wonderful high colour detail with great DOF. I had a rottweiler/lab, KANE, he passed away 17 October 2004 after 14 and a half years of constant companionship from old age and related illnesses.
The Maven: Sorry to hear about your Rottweiler. You must have been close - since you even remember the date! Because of many years overseas, I wasn't close to my dog towards the end. My parents, who looked after him, felt it a lot more than I did.
Great detail and color. Lovely. I have a cat, almost 5 years old. An ocicat breed.
The Maven: Ocicats are beautiful... in fact, they're like miniature leopards! Welcome to the jungle (Guns N' Roses anyone?).
Damn Duane! Those colors are really vivid. Well done. And the bird posed for you so well!
He looks fierce... gorgeous colors!
Good capture !
The Maven: I'm not sure about fierce, but I'm told that Macaws can easily take off a child's finger when they bite! Dangerous pets these.... best to see them only in a zoo.
  • Cesar
  • 4 Mar 2006, 04:46
I like everything... the parrot, the colors, the moment... a perfect pic!
  • Shuva
  • 4 Mar 2006, 05:04
Duane,
What is this HDR methos you were talking of? I am very curious to know how David Nightangle processes his pictures.
The Maven: HDR = high dynamic range. There are several ways to get this. Though I believe that the "proper" way is to take several shots of the same scene (mount your camera on a tripod of course). For example, take one shot at -2EV, one at 0EV, and one at +2EV.

You then blend the images together to get a HDR result. I know Photoshop CS2 has a built-in feature for that. Though I'm not sure exactly what technique DJN uses. From what I can observe, he uses the HDR technique to recover detail in the sky - especially clouds.
  • Micki
  • 4 Mar 2006, 05:36
Wonderful close up, and well titled.
  • sk
  • 4 Mar 2006, 05:55
great shot, I love how its cropped in tightly
The Maven: Oi! 5:55 am! Did you just wake up, or have you never slept?!
Great colours and nice in and close...nice one.
Phil
  • John
  • 4 Mar 2006, 12:08
Super colour close up.
  • David
  • 4 Mar 2006, 14:43
I love parrots and planning on getting an African Grey soon... smile
Nice shot, great colors. Although it is cropped a little to closely for me. I would have liked a little more space to left.
But even as it is it's a nice shot. You've broken a rule or two and seem to have gotten away. smile
  • suby
  • 4 Mar 2006, 19:17
Love the shot, the colours are cool. Parrots and Suby are a no no, but I would have this on my wall. smile

Suby.
P.s
Love the tight crop
  • Anne
  • 4 Mar 2006, 22:09
Wow i didn't know they can live for up to 50 years! Longer than some human do ;-)
Great shot. Nice one Mate.
Gorgeous colours. Nice details; I love the feathers texture.
  • Lisa
  • 9 Mar 2006, 01:08
Since you have a liking for birds....

Quick story...I grew up in Panama and my neighbor had many Macaws. They are beautiful and extremely intelligent animals. I too owned two Military Macaws, Ara and Nico. They used to take showers in my bath and hide from me under the couch. I'll have to post some photos of them on my blog. In the meantime, I do have a photo of Napoleon, a Peach Faced Love Bird. He's a sweet bird and full of personality.
Beautiful photo. The colors are vibrant, but soft, at the same time.

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