While traveling to see several properties owned by the American not-for-profit, Amazon Conservation Association, I had the opportunity to visit a macaw clay lick in the Amazon. This was the first time I have been able to enjoy this experience and it was certainly a highlight of the trip.
Our morning started early as we left our lodge and moved by boat to the trail head that leads to the macaw clay lick. After about 20 minutes of walking, we came to a huge wooden structure that serves as a blind to watch the macaws from.
Although there were some birds around when we arrived, we had to wait awhile for the real show to get started. At first, some of the parrots came down to the clay but after awhile, the Red-and-green Macaws joined them. Once the macaws were coming to the clay, it was hard to even look at any of the other species.
Every once in a while, the birds would fly off the clay lick providing us with incredible opportunities to photograph them in flight. These turned out to be some of the best photos of the day!
Have you ever had the chance to visit a clay lick in the Amazon?