Marie-France Grenouillet shot this photo of a pair of happy-faced Hyacinth Macaws in July 2009 in Brazil. One bird emerges from its nest in the hollow of a tree while its mate keeps watch.
The macaws nested on a large farm in the state of Mato Grosso within the vast Pantanal, an 88,000-square mile floodplain that spreads across Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. It is home to about 600 bird species, as well as jaguars, caiman, pumas, monkeys, and other wildlife.
Grenouillet saw the macaws every day during her stay and says they were a joy to observe. She used a Nikon D200 and a Sigma 150-500mm lens. View more of her photos on her website.
More birds of the Pantanal
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