Clay Lick and the Macaws, Day 2

Parakeets on a clay lick. Their diet of fruits and seeds requires them to eat clay to help their digestion with the toxins.  Location: Macaw Clay Lick, Rio Heath, Tambopata Rainforest, Bolivia

So day two of our journey in the Amazon, we rose (I say rose and not woke up, because believe me, I was sleep walking) at 5AM. We got dressed and headed to our boat with the bird clay lick as our destination.

“On a good day you can see up to 20+ species of birds at the clay lick,” so said our confident guide.

Location: Macaw Clay Lick, Rio Heath, Tambopata Rainforest, Bolivia

So we arrived — and to our delight– several species of parakeets and even a few macaws were in the trees and on the clay lick.  They were eating the clay and making lots of noise enjoying themselves in the process. Thankfully they were not cognisant to our presence, the eco-lodge has a floating catamaran in the middle of the river covered in dry leaves that works wonders as camouflage. So we sat and snapped photos gallor for about 15 minutes.

We were really hoping that some yellow-bellied or red macaws might show up over the next few hours, unfortunately it began to pour. The birds were having none of it and flew off in a hurry and flurry. The rain eventually stopped, but the birds did not return. After waiting for a few hours, we gave up and headed back to the lodge.

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