Macaws are very social and playful birds, and this pair of Red-and-green Macaws (Ara chloropterus) are no exception. I photographed this during an extension tour I offer to shoot these magnificent birds in flight. On previous trips I noticed that there was a situation and place where the macaws would often do these acrobatic maneuvers while flying, but photographing this action was extremelly difficult because it lasts only a fraction of a second. It's really fast. So when I got this shot, well framed and perfectly focused, I knew I had something special. This photo won 1st. place on the major bird photography contest in Brazil in 2011, the Avistar.

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