Pic of the Week: Acrobatics at the clay lick

Written by David/Photos by Michelle & David

Back in Peru during summer 2014, we had the opportunity and indescribable pleasure of spending some nights in the Amazonian rainforest.

During that time, one of our preferred activities every morning was to walk the trail through the rainforest to a nearby clay lick and go to observe the hundreds of colorful macaws and green parrots noisily gathering in for breakfast and socialization.

In particular, red macaws appeared to be the last guests at the clay lick. They always arrived in couples and appeared to be revered by other bird species. Check out the magestic couple in this picture!

Red macaws

Red macaws at Parque Nacional del Manu

Sony SLT-A55V | DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3| ISO6400 | 250mm | ƒ/13| 1/800s

Note to self and to those interested in photographing birds in a clay lick: just use a good zoom lens (300mm minimum) and a fast shutter speed, as animals are always unpredictable and you don’t want to miss the perfect moment, right?. In my case, my lens of choice was not powerful enough and had to zoom in and process the resulting picture in Adobe Lightroom in order to recover the details. Although I’m not particularly proud of the quality of this picture above, I find the composition and timing worth sharing with you guys.

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    1. Hello there! Thanks for dropping by! Yes indeed they are very impressive. And quite interesting to see them coming and going in their own Amazonian habitat, always in couples. Love this pic too!

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