Nothing says tropic as much as photo of a Macaw. The macaw or parrot is a member of a group of birds known for their colorful feathers and high intelligence which allows them the ability to mimic the human voice and other sounds. These characteristic make them popular pets. This also makes them very susceptible to be trapped out of existence.
This bird is a resident of the Gator Farm in Saint Augustine, Florida. Though the name of the attraction refers to another tropical denizen, the place is home to numerous species of tropical birds. It is easy to walk up close to this birds examine their beautifully vibrant feathers.
This photo was made with the 200-400mm lens and demonstrates that this lens can be used for close up photography as well as distance photography. The lens allows the image to fille the frame as well as provide a large aperture to keep the background nicely out of focus. With the close distance the fine detail of the feathers and the beak stands out.