I have only seen Macaws flying free in Central and South America.

These Macaws fly free regularly over rural Southern California which is an incredible sight.

They often spend hours away, carry no trackers,

like to hang out on this dead tree,

and chose when they want to come home.

They are free as a bird!

They love people and are very curious about new ones,

as you can easily see in these photos.

Please forgive me for posting so many photos,

and breaking my 8 photo maximum rule,

but I can’t resist these guys,

and hope you can’t either.

Cheers to you from the happy Macaws at Avian Behavior International~

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    1. It was so amazing. You would love the place. I have never seen such happy and well cared for birds and there is quite a variety of species. I have four year old twin grandsons and I am taking them over to make some new friends, both human and feathered დ

      1. Absolutely wonderful, Cindy. You have outdone yourself with your amazing and technically perfect photographs. The birds are so beautiful!! You must live in an amazing place. Thank you, Cindy, for your astonishing photos.

  1. It’s impossible for you to post too many pictures. Beauty has no number. I can’t tell you how absolutely wonderful these photographs are. I love all of the and I want to be friends with the birds. So beautiful.

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    1. Yes. I talked about this with the owner. She has been seeing a golden eagle in the skies recently. She is quite knowledgeable and won’t release them when there are eagles in the sky. There were hawks in the sky while we were there and they didn’t bother them. She actively flies a variety of her hawks, eagle owls, and other raptors. So these guys help keep some balance/protective presence in the skies დ

  3. Mary Sweeney

    I am glad you posted more than your 8 photo rule! They are beautiful! Your pictures are amazing! So glad you share them with us all.

  4. Absolutely stunning, Cindy!
    You are hereby authorized by your followers to post as many photos as you have – these are particularly fabulous.
    I’ve never seen such expressions.

  5. Please don’t apologise for the number of photos – they are so beautiful and you do such a great job of presenting these intelligent, gorgeous and colourful birds! I’m so happy to hear that they have their freedom to come and go.

  6. Your purpose & mission here clearly needed no rules for guidance! A wonderful parade of colored feathers. Yea, thanks for sharing. AND makes me wonder if you know of this real story – The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (in San Francisco). Story of parrots who escaped from transit at the airport and made home in a SF neighborhood, and this man who attended them. Amazon has DVD; don’t know who else might.

    1. I do know the story. Incredible and wonderful. Parrots are so intelligent and resourceful. Differednt species of escaped parrots have set up successful colonies in in 23 US States, and a variety of countries across the world. I have seen these colonies in London, Buenos Aires, San Diego, Germany, France and Canada. They are in many more countries. In many cases, species that are endangered in their wild natural habitat, are thriving in their new homes, offering hope for the species. In the UK wild parrots are the most increasing species of wild birds in the country დ

  7. Thank you for sharing these wonderful images of birds flying free – especially as I have only seen macaws in cages, which is an awful sight!

    1. All of the birds here are so happy and so well cared for. It was wonderful to visit them. Macaws are so interesting. The ones I have observed in the wild, and these free flying ones, are so curious about people who take the take to stand still and watch them. The often turn upside to examine you for another angle! 😉

  8. Their colors contrast so much against the blue, which is a rare image as usually they are seen in middle of lush green. I hope being free in that environment is not that harsh to them : )

    1. Their colors are just sublime aren’t they! They have a home they return to daily where they are protected, fed and cared for. Sometimes they fly out briefly, and other times stay out longer, but they always choose to come home დ

  9. Rules are meant to be broken… and honestly? Who said eight is enough! That was a weekly show 😉 These are wonderful, Cindy. What a wonderful thing to experience.

  10. You had ‘only seen’? Well, most of us on this side of the ocean have only seen them disconsolately pecking at the bars of a cage or aviary – or in glorious pictures like yours!

    1. I hear you and it is sad. Thankfully you have lots of wild parrots now in the UK. Apparently they are the fastest gowing species of wild birds in Britain. I saw them in St. James Park, but now I hear they are successfully breeding in more places across the UK which is amazing considering how cold it gets in the winter. These are obviously highly adaptive creatures. Interestingly, as parrots become increasingly endangered in their natural habitats, some species are thriving in new habitats they escaped into. In the US, various species have established wild colonies in 23 states! დ

  11. I had no idea that these birds flew freely in California. I am so impressed that there is an avian center for them to return home to. I am also very impressed with your photos. Eight wouldn’t have been enough for me. Loved your post, Cindy!

    1. The owner of the farm is an animal trainer and yes, she uses a banquet perch on this tree. I think they come home like cats, when they’ve had their adventure, they come home for food and safety დ

  12. I’m glad that your broke your picture rule, Cindy. These pictures of the Macaws are just outstanding! Aaron and I love to go to the wildlife park a couple miles from our house. One of our favorite things to do is to play some fun music as we stand beside the Macaws and watch one in particular dance. He’s hilarious! I don’t know who is more fun to watch – him or Aaron. Thanks for a wonderful look at these beautiful birds!

    1. I have seen this!! So amazing you and Aaron have too! I wittnessed this in a free flight parrot rescue near me run by an exotic bird veternarian. He encourages people to visit the traumatized parrots. The love from the people, and the response from the parrots, is just soul enhancing. This one woman played music on her iphone and the cockatoo danced with abandon. If you click on the link and go 9 photos down, you will see the woman and the cockatoo, dancing on her shoulder. It was so beautiful:
      So much love and admiration to you and Aaron both დდ

  13. Wow, just wow! Their colors are amazing, and I love how clear your photos are, Cindy. Why, I can almost reach out and pet their beautiful feathers, ha!

  14. Great shots as always Cindy, I am just not sure how cool it is that these beauties owned by someone are free as a bird in CA as they are not native never mind what they are worth to breeders.

  15. I keep coming back to these… their amazing see them be free.. my aunt and uncle had these as pets while I grew up and I never liked watching them not be able to fly free in the world.. even though they had a very big house aviary I just wanted them to be free.. these photos show the beauty of that.

  16. Thank you so much for breaking your rule of 8 photos! Your photos are magnifcent! I would love to see more of these majestic birds. We had 4 when we lived in Costa Rica.


  17. Yup! Absolutely irresistible, Cindy! It is wonderful to see them wild and free – I have only seen such birds 🐦or very similar, locked in cages. And they look so full of personality too😀

  18. I can’t imagine what it must be like to see macaws flying free! I’ve only ever seen them in cages or on perches. I will have to check this out when I’m in Southern California again. Where exactly is it? Stunning photos of these beautiful birds.

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