You set out on the canoe as the sun begins to rise, illuminating the Tambopata River with soft light. Just a few minutes later, you arrive at the rocky shore of a nearby sandbar and start to trek over the sand with your guide. When you emerge on a lush, primordial bluff, you set up a stool and sip a much-needed coffee, scanning the treetops for movement.
A macaw clay lick in the early hours of the morning is something which has to be seen to be believed. As the first rays of sunlight hit the riverbank, hundreds of parrots and macaws from ten or more species arrive in pairs or large flocks. With a flapping of wings and ear-splitting squawks, they come to consume small portions of clay vital to their intestinal health.
Clay licks are steep walls of red clay caused by erosion along riverbanks. The birds are mostly macaws, though smaller parrots and mealies of all sorts group at the clay lick as well. The sound of flapping wings and screeching birds is apparently deafening, which only adds to the view.
The toxins then get excreted alongside the clay. The farther an area is from the ocean, the more its rain may lack salt. Plus, in inland areas with high rainfall, sodium may leach out of the soil.
This is the least populated territory in Peru, with onlypeople living in its 80, Km2 30, sq miles of jungle area. These wonderful places give the tourist the opportunity to fish, be close to nature, and be in contact with native communities. We will start at am from our Hostel or we can pass to pick you up from your hotel, we will have 2 hour by cay in a 4X4, the first part will be by the high way and the second part will be in a dirt route until we get to the Tambopata River near the limit to the reserve.
Donald Brightsmith. Since Dr. The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long-term multidisciplinary study of natural history, conservation and management of large macaws and parrots.
For parrot enthusiasts, visiting a macaw and parrot clay lick is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable highlights of your trip to the Amazon rainforest. A claylick locally known as colpa or collpa is a naturally forming wall of clay on a riverbank caused by erosion from the river. Every morning at around dawn, macaws, amazons, parakeets, parrotlets and other parrots flock to these clay licks to eat clay, sometimes hundreds at a time, creating an incredible wildlife spectacle.