Party of Five by lyndemc

Party of Five

This is for Poppo @terryliv who said he wanted to see all five of my parrots together in a picture. At first I thought "Yeah, right," seeing as none of them really want to be anywhere near the others save for those two little Green-cheek conures who prefer not to be apart. You can see the love between the Macaw and the Grey... not. But then I decided to give the challenge a try. Remember the fudge and turtle sundae I photographed last week and said I'd need to up the exercise because of? Well, I got it today, chasing after those two smaller birds in the front left. They're flighted and not inclined to sit still for very long. The behind-the-scenes pics are blooper material for sure, but I give you this one special image today.
Beautiful shot! Beautiful birds! You did wonderfully getting them all in one picture. Love your story! Made me smile!
August 15th, 2014  
Awesome! ...and LOL! The best of parroture portraiture bloopers--now on VHS.... Great fun!
August 15th, 2014  
Wow what a pretty shot, and how wonderful to have such gorgeous birds as pets :-)
August 15th, 2014  
Love this especially after reading your description! Your hard work paid off! This will be a great keepsake photo of your beautiful birds!!!
August 15th, 2014  
What a beautiful family!!! I love how the Macaw and Grey are looking in opposite directions! So funny. Amazing capture - I bet you are glad you attempted it!
August 15th, 2014  
MB
Well, you were certainly up for the challenge. I personally, am happy that this challenge was chosen by Poppo because I love this photo! It is frame material for sure. They are all lovely birds and look wonderful together in this shot.
August 15th, 2014  
OMG - these are all yours ? Wow and just wow, girlfriend I am loving these birds !! Inherited and African Gray named Miguel who was not happy when I gave birth to my daughter and had to be adopted out for safety reasons and wow are these peach faced lovebirds ? Such a fun shot !!!
August 15th, 2014  
Fantastic capture! I love the 3 dimensional feel from the light and colors.
August 15th, 2014  
No only did you meet the challenge but you exceeded it. What a beautiful picture. Nice composition, colors etc. I love the smaller birds. FAV
August 15th, 2014  
Awesome!!
August 15th, 2014  
Wow, great story and picture!! What was that like, herding parrots?!! What a happy family.... :-)))
August 15th, 2014  
These are really great looking birds. Amazing you could get them all in one frame.
August 15th, 2014  
Fantastic! Your dedication paid off! One good shot is all you need anyway! And it is beautiful... fav
August 15th, 2014  
Great to see them altogether, what a challenge!
August 15th, 2014  
Clever you - such control to continue until you got it right! They look really terrific - the detail is amazing - fav.
August 15th, 2014  
Oh I can't believe you have an African Grey they are so smart and talented! Does yours talk up a storm? The ones I have had the privilege to be around have! Amazing picture! Quite a feat to get them all together! :)
August 15th, 2014  
What an amazing picture. Well done for getting them all in one shot. Love your story as well.
August 15th, 2014  
wow, great photo! beautiful creatures.
August 15th, 2014  
what a lovely bunch :)
August 15th, 2014  
Brilliant Denise. A Fav from me.
August 15th, 2014  
Jo
What a fabulous collection of birds and a beautiful shot. love it. fav
August 15th, 2014  
fabulous fav
August 15th, 2014  
FAV for sure. Magnificent shot, magnificent birds.
August 15th, 2014  
I absolutely love this :-) Fancy having these magnificent birds as pets, lucky you. FAV
August 15th, 2014  
Spectacular capture! Amazing how you could meet the challenge and capture all 5 :) Now you will have to give Poppo a god challenge! Fav & follow.
August 15th, 2014  
All your hard work paid off! It's fantastic Denise! Love it! Fav
August 15th, 2014  
Super capture
August 15th, 2014  
And it is indeed super special. Great for the new artist challenge? Check it out. How can I do anything but fav?
August 15th, 2014  
Wonderful parrots family! The colors are gorgeous! You must be busy to take care of those :-)
August 15th, 2014  
Amazing! Fav!
August 15th, 2014  
Instant big FAV !
August 15th, 2014  
Lovely capture.
August 15th, 2014  
Wonderful portrait of your lovely birds! Fav and following!
August 15th, 2014  
Awesome family portrait!! I can tell this was not easy but looks like it truly paid off. Love how you can see their personalities in the image.
August 15th, 2014  
Instant fav
August 16th, 2014  
Such patience and persistence deserved its reward, and you certainly have it here in this lovey picture. Fav!!
August 16th, 2014  
This really is a special image Denise. You must be glad that Poppo asked for this because now you have this wonderful pic to keep.
August 16th, 2014  
Oh Denise this is so wonderful. Congratulations on this gorgeous image and on your beautiful family. Superfav.
August 16th, 2014  
Deb
Holy cow, it looks like a professional family portrait. Beautifully done Denise! Although I would pay to see the bloopers, this shot was worth the work.
August 20th, 2014  
@vega I'm only slightly behind in responding to comments here. That's a bummer that Miguel was not happy about the new baby in the family. It's not uncommon for parrots to react that way as they can be very unwilling to share the attention and affections of their beloved people. Many have had to move to a new home for the same reason Miguel did. They're amazing birds tho, those African Greys. The two little birds who are side-by-side are Green Cheek conures. The really colorful one is called a Fancy Green-cheek as she's a mix between a two different types of conures. Sweet, funny little birds, although they were the ones that made this shoot the challenge that it was. Thanks for the comment shared here.
August 20th, 2014  
@panthora "Herding parrots" — boy, that puts it perfectly. I about ran myself ragged, trying to convince those two little birds to stay put, all the while talking the big orange guy into not touching their tails. It was a circus!

August 20th, 2014  
@creativefool Yes, that little Grey bird does talk a lot, though rarely with other people around. I have to record her so that my husband can hear the new things she's picked up. Oddly, she likes to repeat things he says, and even in his deep voice, which sounds strange, coming from petite bird. While it's the male parrots that frequently do the majority of the 'talking', I'm lucky that Kelly happily carries on conversation and makes silly sounds even tho she's a girl.
August 20th, 2014  
@dgrynn I was just going through the blooper pictures last night, trying to decide which ones I could throw away. So far I haven't tossed any; they make me laugh every time I look at them, tho some shouldn't. There were so moments of danger. The big orange guy and the black and yellow character in the front got into it a couple of times, with the little guy trying to run the big guy off the stand. It was crazy.
August 20th, 2014  
My younger sister raises parrots. I don't know what she has right now but has had grays, macaws and several others. She's known as the 'bird lady' in her small town in Florida. This is a wonderful photo, it says so much about the birds, body language, you know.
August 21st, 2014  
@pauliek That's very interesting, that your sister raises parrots. I never imagined having a macaw — it was only going to be one African Grey, but I met him at a foster home and after he waved at me and said "Hello" in the sweetest voice, I couldn't stop thinking about him needing a home. He was a mean bugger then but within a few months he became a big lovable baby. (with only me, not the husband or sons — they're seen as competition for my affection).
August 22nd, 2014  
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!How on earth did I miss this?????????? And after you tagged me in it and all????????? Why didn't you give me a jab to wake me up.
What a brilliant shot. And not just the five birds together. Oh no. It has to be done with the typical Lyndemc artistic flair. I am so glad it got to PP without waiting for me to discover it. Consider the challenge well and truly met.
September 3rd, 2014  
I saw and commented on the one before . . . I saw and commented on the one after . . . . but somehow missed this one.
September 3rd, 2014  
@terryliv I'm pleased my efforts have met the challenge. I'm also pleased that everyone, myself included, survived this attempt. There were some close moments, let me tell you. The bright-colored Green cheek was not thrilled with Ricco (the gray and green bird)'s presence and I had to intercede a couple of times to keep a beak war from getting started. My acting goofy and crazy was enough of a distraction to get the shot I wanted tho.

I considered mentioning the picture's presence to you but I thought that perhaps you had written a comment that managed to miss out on that 'post comment' click. I'm just glad you dared to ask about the challenge so that I could direct you back to this picture. If someone ever asks me to adopt their bird, I'll have to tell them no mostly because you might put forth another challenge and I know I'll never be able to get SIX birds in one photo. :) Thanks for making this request though; I have a hilarious collection of bloopers from the event.
September 4th, 2014  
@terryliv Thanks too for the compliment of the pic being in "lyndemc" form. I got lucky in that not one leaf was picked off that fake greenery clump. The background is a wall in the bird room. I've attempted to create a "jungle-type" environment for the birds, with branches hanging from the ceiling, and rope and bamboo contraptions for climbing on. The birds are free to roam about the room all day, but are tucked into cages only at night. The two conures live in their own room where they're not tempted to tell the big birds what to do. They thought they were pretty special getting to come into the Big Bird room and buzz about for awhile.
September 4th, 2014  
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