Seeing macaws at the world famous Chuncho clay lick deep in the Tambopata National Reserve was for me a childhood dream come true. We had to get up at 4am to travel even further down river in order to catch the birds at their breakfast! Definitely worth the lack of sleep! @rainforestexpeditions @peru
#birdsofcortomaltes : Dusky-Headed Parrots (Aratinga weddellii). One of the more than 100 birds species monitored in #cortomaltesamazonia by the ornithologist Bruce Baigrie.
Pic By Bruce Baigrie in our claylick
Today I saw wild macaws in the Amazon rain forest!!!! It was so beautiful, I actually felt a little teary. The world is a beautiful place. Never forget that! Travelling remind me of this, which is one of the many reasons I love exploring new places #peru#rainforest#rainforestexpeditions
On a recent expedition to the @junglekeepers concession I tracked a well hidden but deliberately marked poaching trail. Hunters use machete marks to locate their historic hunting spots. By following this trail I located a previously unknown mammal salt lick and a maze of hunting trails that lead to illegal logging roads. One of my current projects is the creation of an #ESRI collector application that will allow park rangers to record geo located features of human encroachment using Smartphones. The information will allow concession holders partnered with @amazonrainforestconservancy such as @tamanduaexpeditions @amazon_center and @junglekeepers to monitor the extent of illegal land encroachment on conservation concessions and to present our efforts through online mapping.
#parkranger#peruvian#conservation#poaching#culpa#claylick#conservationphotos#machete#ESRI @esrigram @esricanada
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Many of the seeds and nuts found in the Amazon rainforest are filled with toxins, so, each day, animals come to clay licks to neutralize those toxins. After three days of attempts, these Cobalt-Winged Parakeets (Brotogeris cyanoptera) finally made it to the sodium they were jonesing for. When they finally spooked, they flew directly at us en masse; we could feel their wind on our faces, and see their dark bodies filling our lenses at torpedo speed. When they had finally gone—a Dr. from New York—on vacation in Ecuador with his family, turned to me with wide eyes and said: “This was a religious experience. Absolutely magical. Just. Absolutely. Magical.” #Ecuador#amazon#rainforest#Yasuni#parrots#parakeets#birds#birding#birdwatching#tropics#action#nature#wildlife#behaviour#biodiversity#conservation#claylick @ecuadortravel_ig @allyouneedisecuador @ecuadorfotos @ecuadortravel @feelingecuador @wildlifeaddicts @napowildlifecenter @tandemstock @ilcp_photographers @natgeocreative @natgeo @luksth #wildlifephotography#instagood#instadaily
We ventured into the Los Amigos Conservation Concession to collect data from our camera traps before my final departure from the station. We traced trails where animal prints outnumbered those of boots, hinting at the density of large mammals in this dense rainforest. Our camera traps are our hidden eyes to see these creatures whenever they pass through. One culpa, or clay lick yielded 4,700 photos of tapirs, deer, and more visiting this site over the course of just 15 days.
Tracks of large mammals aren't the only wonders for the patient observer here though. These Panacea (possibly P. prola) butterflies danced around as we cleaned our piranha baits. For a closer look, you can make a chamber in your hand then swiftly, but gently catch these butterflies. Initially, they'll lay stunned from the capture, stilling your own heart and making you wonder if your curiosity became harmful. But have no fear, a few seconds later they'll flit away leaving you breathless and smiling.
#panacea#panaceaprola ? #butterfly#LosAmigos#LosAmigosBiologicalStation#amazonwildlife#amazoninsects#madrededios#amazonbutterflies#lepidoptera#claylick#culpa#cameratrapping