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Photographer's Note

I'm fairly sure that this is a feather from a Maccaw. I was hiking in Madidi National Park in the Bolivian Amazon a few years ago, and came across a big pile of feathers that all looked like this, but ranging from 2 feet long to this tiny one of about 5 cms long. My guide thought that it was probably a Jaguar that ate it, as there are not many predators fast enough to kill a bird like a Maccaw.

Technical Detail:
To get the dark background, I shone a bright light at the feather from just inches away in the middle of a dark room. That way, all of the colours are vivid, the camera uses a fast shutter speed because the feather is so bright, and this makes everything else black. I'm not sure if this is standard technique, I just sort of figured it out myself.

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