CHUNCHO CLAY LICK…
“Without doubt, the most breathtaking sight that Carlos Expeditions has is the Chuncho Clay Lick. Clay Lick is, essentially, a light orange forest of clay formed due to the river’s erosion.”
Animals in many places of Peru depend on the clay. The clay contains an important source of salt that allows to neutralize the heartburn and also to reduce its PH, this animal behavior is called geophagy.
Every day, in the morning, a great diversity of species gathers in big numbers to feed on this clay. The first in arrive to the Chuncho clay lick always are the yellow headed parrot. Then they are followed by hundreds of blue headed parrots. These are, without any doubt, the most alerts to threats of any predator. When they identify the predator, they quickly jump from the clay and start flying away from there and are followed by the rest of the flock, making so an incomparable show when they leave the clay lick. We can hear the amazing sound they make, it is a concert that nature gives us, and is the most amazing thing.
It is very common that the false alarm about the sight of any predator happens; in that case they quickly return to the clay lick. Most of the cases, in company of big flocks of green parrots, whose sounds can be compared with an alien!
The last species on visiting the clay lick are of course the stars of the “party”, the macaws. The great size of this bird makes the movements slowly than parrots. As they look for the best place in the clay lick, they are able to throw each other to get the best place. Their big wings allow them to have complete rotations which give us a great opportunity to take perfect pictures with the sunset. In a morning, more than 300 birds arrive to the Chuncho clay lick.
If this show cannot be better, there is always a chance to be! The great number of birds occasionally attracts predators. Falcons and eagles are the most known for attacking from the air, while jaguars, ocelots and monkeys have been seen jumping from the top of the clay lick to catch them, come and enjoy the nature with us, and do not forget to leave your comment…