Copan Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw, Copan Ruins, Honduras

There is a carved pillar set up next to the pyramid structure in the main courtyard where you enter Copan Ruins in far western Honduras. The Ruins, I have to say, are impressive…especially if, like me, they are your first experience of a Mayan site. I hear that the ruins in Mexico and Guatemala are even more impressive, but I have not been there. Anyway, the pillar. When we visited there was a Scarlet Macaw sitting on top of it, posing in the early morning sun. We worked our way cautiously around the pillar and the bird and got many memorable photos. I have told the story of the Scarlet Macaw reintroduction before…but it still amazes me to see these big, brilliant, noisy birds flying free in their old home after perhaps centuries. And to see one in this proximity to the stone-work of the ruins, in which the Macaw motif figures large, is doubly special. Sony RX10iv at 530mm. Program mode. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 200. Processed in Polarr.

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