I decided to paint myself a pet parrot for my self portrait, Princess and the Me. A Toucan perhaps? Then I realized I would never own a bird that could fit my whole head in it's oversized beak. So I painted a Scarlet Macaw. Another large and intimidating bird. But what the heck. A Princess would require a magestic bird. In reality I would never keep a caged bird. But I figured in my alternate life my Macaw could fly free and I would have "the others" on poop duty. But lets get back to reality for a moment. The Toucan photo was taken in Costa Rica at El Silencio del Campo. At breakfast the small birds would happily feed on Papaya chunks. And we were thrilled when this Toucan flew up for a bite. The other picture was also quite a thrill. It was taken at Pasada Andrea Cristina in Puerto Viejo. The owner had explained to us that the loud Squawking we heard early in the morning was Scarlet Macaws. So the next morning we were prepared to run out with our cameras. They were high up in a tree. That was to be our only sighting. And in fact the owner ran out with his daughter as well. Seeing a Scarlet Macaw isn't just for tourists!