2016—Portrait Of A Macaw
The skin surrounding a macaw’s eyes and beak is devoid of feathers and it is normally white but when a macaw is stressed or excited, that skin turns pink. I don’t know if this scarlet macaw was stressed or excited. I had been photographing macaws eating royal palm nuts along Shady Lane and none of the birds that I saw had pink skin except this one. I hope it wasn’t stress but it may have been as the bird is looking back at me inquisitively (oops, I guess that’s an anthropomorphic term). This is from the last series of shots I took on our last visit to Shady Lane. I thought it made a nice portrait, but it’s too bad that the area to the right of the bird is blown out. I guess I didn’t notice the sun shining through there.