scarlet macaw

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by gianpaolo giancovich

One beautiful morning I set off early to take photos of the giant red parrots whose loud calls over power most other birds and animals in the tropics. In Costa Rica they feast on the seed of Terminalia catappa, an almond-sized and almond-shaped seed hidden beneath a tough, fibrous nut. The Golf of Dulce is lined with these trees and the macaw chips out big chunks of the hard fruit using the sharp edge of its lower mandible; once it hits the nut, it slices through the outer fruit and picks out its meal. I was happy to watch them eat and was lucky to catch one flying low under the canopy.

Location: Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica, Central America


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