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Two Little Lovebirds...

Another view of these beautiful hyacinth macaws from the Pantanal in Brazil. It had just stopped raining, so that's probably why they look a little scruffy. Such amazing birds, it was a wonderful treat to see them doing well in this area with a little help from the locals. Many of the trees they use for nesting have been taken down for farming, but a local project is putting up some nesting boxes to help the birds out and it seems to be helping!

This one is for #newbirdpoker  curated this week by +Ramprakash Ram Mohan with a theme of curved beaks and extra points for black/dark beaks - I think these guys definitely qualify!

#animalia  +Animalia +Adelphe BACHELET 
#birdspecieslink   #birdsinfocus +Birds in Focus +Risto Talman 
#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#hqspbirds+HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#threatenedthursday +Threatened Thursday +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher
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Taking a Nap

The Madagascan long-eared owl is the largest owl on the island and typically lives in heavily wooded areas. We found this one in Andisibe-Mantadia National Park very high up in the trees around sunset taking a short nap. They are very beautiful birds and owls are one of my most favorites!

Happy New Year everyone, wishing for peace and prosperity to all! Go out and make it the best one yet...

#NewBirdPoker  +Jasbir S. Randhawa Monday (02 Jan) Birds captured furthest/farthest from home (It takes about 36 hours to get to Madagascar from California, so I'm sure this one will count!)

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#wildlifewednesday
#madagascar-LV
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Hyacinth Macaws

This beautiful pair of Hyacinth Macaws kept us entertained one morning at breakfast during our visit to the Pantanal in Brazil. So wonderful to watch them from such a close vantage point!
See this post for some other info and fun facts about these macaws:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LindaVillers/posts/HdSNchfKMTZ

Sorry I've been so busy lately, where oh where does the time go? Hope you are all well and enjoying your week...

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Andy Brown +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#threatenedthursday +Threatened Thursday +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher
#wildlifephotography   #wildlifewednesday  
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Scaly-Breasted Woodpecker

I wonder whose job it is to come up with these names...
Anyway, we saw this beauty one morning during our time at the top of a canopy tower in the rain forest of Brazil. You typically get up will before dawn, drive and/or hike to the tower, climb up the tower in twilight hoping to get up to the top at or before sunrise. That way you can get a great view over the tops of the trees as the sun rises plus you'll be in place as the birds become active and start their day. It is a great way (or perhaps the only way) to see many of the birds in the rain forest. The trees are so tall and dense that you never see the canopy dwellers while hiking in the forest.
Here's a fun fact for you: Woodpeckers are found worldwide except for Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and Madagascar...
Have a great weekend everyone!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#hqspbirds+HQSP Birds +Andy Brown +Dilip Mundkur +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#brazilmonday +Brazil Monday  +Marton Divenyi
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Hello in there...

This female Anna's hummingbird was happily flitting around the flowers and enjoying a little snack. I could easily sit and watch them all day...
Have a wonderful week everyone - go out and enjoy!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#inpraiseofpollinators ++In Praise of Polllinators +Dusty Gedge
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Andy Brown +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#wildlifeinthecity +WILDLIFE in the City +Edith Kukla
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Beep, Beep!!

A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to see this beautiful Greater Roadrunner during an early morning hike. It was a little foggy and overcast that morning, but that gave a nice soft light to bring out those beautiful colors on his body and tail.
Hope you are all having a great week, it's almost the weekend!!!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Andy Brown +Ian Calland +Anja Wessels
#wildlifewednesday  
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American Kestrel

We came across this beauty late one afternoon during our trip to the Pantanal in Brazil. I think he was on the lookout for a dinner snack as he took off soon after this shot to chase after something in the field.
Hope you are making the most of your week everyone, enjoy it!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur
+Andy Brown +Ian Calland
#wildlifewednesday  +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
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I'm Talking to you...

We had a wonderful encounter with this Red Legged Seriema (also called the Crested Cariama) one afternoon in the Pantanal area of Brazil. These funny birds have a crazy crest on their head and the bright red beak and legs - plus don't they look like they are wearing blue eye shadow around their eyes? Such amazing creatures out there in this world... 
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Matthew Stephenson +Terrie Gray
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Hyacinth Macaws in Flight!

What a thrill it was to see these magnificent birds in flight - especially when they came close and landed in a nearby tree. Some fun facts about these beauties:  Macaws typically mate for life and you would always see them flying about in pairs unless it is nesting season and Mom is tending the nest. Their average lifespan in the wild is about 60 years. The species is listed as vulnerable due to habitat loss and capture for the pet trade - it is estimated that approximately 10,000 Hyacinth Macaws were captured in the 1980's before conservation efforts were started. (We met some of the researchers from the Projeto Arara Azul or the Hyacinth Macaw Project. They work with ranchers in the Pantanal area to protect trees needed for nests and food.)

Enjoy your week everyone!!!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Matthew Stephenson +Terrie Gray
#threatenedthursday   +Threatened Thursday +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher 
#wholewildlifeweek   +Whole Wildlife Week +Dick Whitlock +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo
#birdsinflight +Birds In Flight  +Andy Brown
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Chestnut Eared Aracari

We found this beauty as we were leaving the hotel on our way to Iguazu Falls. Aracaris and Toucans are closely related and have those great long beaks that are normally very colorful and intricately patterned. They are fantastic birds to watch!

I realized today that I never did quite finish my 7 Day Wildlife Challenge before the holidays, so this is my final day 7 - :  I was nominated by +Robin Griggs Wood  to take up the #ChallengeWildlifePhotography and publish a different nature photo for the next 7 days.

I challenge any of you to get outside, take a hike and show me your wildlife shots, I'm looking forward to it!

#Birds4All +Birds4All +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Robert SKREINER 
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds +Dilip Mundkur +Matthew Stephenson +Terrie Gray
#brazilmonday
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