• Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 27 November, 2012 17:22
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500 s
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 27 November, 2012 17:17
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600 s
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 27 November, 2012 17:17
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600 s
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 27 November, 2012 17:22
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500 s
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 27 November, 2012 17:17
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600 s
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 27 November, 2012 17:22
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500 s

As I’m photographing a Plumbeous Kite I hear the calls of Military Macaws! I’ve just entered the fringes of Amboro National Park in which Refugio Los Volcanses resides, and I see this magnificent macaw – my very first sighting of the species.

I am standing on a steep slope prohibiting me from moving closer to the macaws and the dense forest makes it really hard to see them.

Military Macaw (Ara militaris)

I thought I would get plenty of opportunities in the coming days, as seeing them only minutes after entering the park indicated they are easily found. Alas – this was the one and only sighting of the species!

The Military Macaw is listed by IUCN as vulnerable.

Altitude: 1228 metres.