It was my lucky day. A group of Blue-and-Yellow Macaws were sitting pretty low while eating some nuts from a nearby Maripa palm tree. This one was even posing for me for a couple of seconds and since it was a sunny day too, all I had to do is aim and shoot. And of course enjoy the moment.
This Scarlet Macaw was sitting quietly high up in the trees. He wasn't making any sounds at all but it was a sunny day and his colorful display was giving him away. It must have been his afternoon break because he was just sitting there looking back at me. For him up there, it was much easier to look at me, but for me, down there, was a different story. I had to walk my way through logs, branches, sticks, leaves, ants, mosquitos and small grasshoppers just to find the right spot to photograph him. He must have thought that I was a bit crazy down there. Sometimes I wonder what the birds think of me.
This Red-and-Green Macaw couple have been together since 2017. I have seen them several times near the River Cabins. Since they are free to go whenever they please, they can be gone for weeks or even months before I see them again. Macaws are very social animals, they cuddle a lot and from time to time they also share their food with each other. When I took this photo, it was inside the rainforest and it was late in the afternoon. This gave both Macaws a nice warm color.
About half a year ago I bought a Spotting scope to look at wildlife for a long time. Especially when I like to spot birds, this device comes in handy. Here I spotted a couple of Scarlet Macaws inside the rainforest. They were resting during the day and since it was also a warm day, they decided to hide under the shades of the trees.
This Spotting Scope also had an adapter to make it possible to take pictures with this scope. It looks like these Macaws were right nearby but in reality they were in one of the highest/tallest trees in the Amazon rainforest.
It was such a treat for me to look at these marvelous animals without getting a stiff neck and shaky hands by holding my binocular for so long.
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When two Macaws decide to expand their family; nesting season.
This is Ra, a wild tame Red-and-Green Macaw and also our friend.
Just when you think that the fruit is falling when ripe, look up and think again.
These Red-fan Parrots skillfully avoid the thorns of this Awarra Palm tree. Can you do that too? I certainly can't.
Macaws are in general impressive birds, especially when flying (over your head).
This is the traffic I usually meet when I am on my way to work in Kabalebo.
Trying to spot Painted Parakeets in a blink of an eye is literally impossible.
One of our most recognizable residents: the Orange-winged Amazon.
Large Macaws are hard to miss, except when they are eating (inside the forest)
How to tell the difference between a juvenile and an adult Macaw.
Chestnut-fronted Macaws are known as mini macaws. They are frequently heard and often seen flying as a group in Kabalebo and they are also great in being one with nature.
The Painted Parakeet (Pyrrhura picta) is the smallest of the Parrot family (22 cm). A common bird but due to its size and secretive behavior, also one of the most difficult to photograph.
The Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus) is a medium sized parrot, one that is frequently heard than seen. But once 'discovered' you will certainly enjoy its presence too.
In the month May, 2015, I volunteered for nearly 3 weeks for the Tambopata Macaw project at the Tambopata Research Centre, Peru. The main reason was/is understanding the macaws and parrots of the Amazon. It was a remarkable journey!
Undisturbed rain forests, food in abundance and plenty of space for nesting…... when people think of the Amazon, they most likely think of Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Luckily for us in Suriname, Kabalebo is also a 'member' of the Amazon. This gives us the rare opportunity to also observe and enjoy for e.g. Large Macaws and Parrots. These birds are undeniably automatically connected with the Amazon. Here is an update on the Parrots of Kabalebo: