Monday, February 6, 2012

A Flurry of Feathers

I don't think there are probably that many places in the world where it is common to see Scarlet Macaws.  But it is in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica.  It is only a matter of time before a pair will show up at your door.  Of course your door would need to be attached to a tree house!  That is because they always land in the tallest of trees.  I wonder if they have a name for stiff, strained necks in Osa.  I guess they would simply call it Osa neck. The Macaws always announce their arrival with loud and rather annoying squawks.  But at least you know they are there.   

The Macaws always fly in mated pairs.  And we were lucky enough to spot 10-20 of them fighting over a prime nesting spot.  It was a ways from the road so we zoomed in as far as we could.  It was a very lucky sighting.  

 There would always be one pair inside the tree and several others swirling and fighting for a better position.  There were more pairs in the surrounding trees just waiting to swoop in.  It was a flurry of red feathers.  

  Hmmm.  I wonder who won?  The red, yellow and blue pair.  Or the red, blue and yellow pair. 

8 comments:

DJan said...

They are so beautiful! Wow! I didn't realize they really are so vibrant and colorful. Thanks for the great pictures!

Serline said...

So colorful and eye catching!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I could not believe my eyes when I saw those beautiful birds that you shared with us! Oh I would love to hear them sing!
love
tweedles

Au and Target said...

They are very handsome but they don't exactly bland into the background, do they? Interesting!

Jama said...

They are gorgeous! We only see such birds in the zoo or the Bird Park here, never in the wild. Thanks for sharing them with me.

Linda Hensley said...

Gorgeous! I would love to be able to see that in real life, but your pictures are beautiful. Love your sloth too. Great answer to "suspense" :)

Michelle Maskaly said...

I love birds. Very cool!

Carol............. said...

Absolutely stunning creatures!