When I did this self portrait several years ago I was alluding to my sensitive side along with my love for animals. At that time I'd never encountered a Scarlet Macaw in the wild. Now I find this illustration humorous. If I really had a Scarlet Macaw in my boudoir, peas would be the least of my concerns!
They are loud. They mate for life. And they constantly talk to their significant other. Not always of the opposite sex! Well, talking might be putting it mildly. Screaming is a more appropriate description. Their boisterous voices make it easy to spot them in the wild. You can hear them coming. And their voice is unmistakable. Now if I were to do an illustration like this I would paint two Scarlets. They need companionship to survive.
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I encountered this Ocelot at the Belize zoo a few years back. She might not be the Leopard of my illustration, but her markings are so beautiful and similar I decided to include her today. She was so curious about us I managed to get quite a few good shots. All of the animals at the Belize Zoo are rescues.
This is my favorite shot. Because I just love the markings on the back of her ears
We saw plenty of Scarlet Macaws. This one came right over to greet us. I don't remember if there was a loud squawk hello.
But it is even more fun to see happy and healthy birds in the wild. I just got back from the Osa penninsula of Costa Rica. It is the Garden of Eden of birds and animals. Scarlets are an everyday sighting. How great is that! We were by the pool one afternoon, and 50-60 squirrel monkeys came flying through the trees. It was quite a sight. I later learned that it is common to see such huge packs.
But just because there are a lot of Scarlets doesn't mean they are always easy to see or photograph. They are busy eating. And it is hard to believe, but these large colorful birds can easily disappear behind this foliage.
A big chomp.
P.S. I put this photo on facehole and got 7 "likes" No one said what a beautiful bird or photograph. Why is it that some people can post that they are taking out the garbage and get 20 people to ask, "How often, what kind and do you recycle?" I just hear birds chirping. Literally. Ha! Uff da.
Then it's, "adios amigos". And they are on to the next tree. And the next...
Happy Valentine's Day!
Scarlet Macaws are perfect for this holiday. They mate for life, are red and eat flowers!