INOTAWA PROGRAMS - EXPEDITIONS
Expeditions are programs that will take you to sights that are more than two hours travel from our retreat. Some such as, El Gato creek and the Colorado and Chuncho clay licks are several hours away and we will camp overnight on-site in order to observe macaws, parrots and animals that visit the banks of the tambopata to feed or cross the nighty river.
¿What is a Clay Lick (Colpa)?
Many birds including parrots, macaws, parakeets, pigeons and guans, as well as mammals like capybara, peccary and deer, visit clay licks to eat the soil which is high in sodium. Ihe clay also serves to bind poisonous chemicals found in seeds and unripe fruit, acting like Kaopectin does for people. Adult birds feed clay to their chicks, and so there are more birds on the clay licks from August to February, when most parrots, macaws and parakeets breed.
Most parrots and parakeets feed early in the morning only, while some ofthe big macaws feed later in the day. The parrot and macaw family is one ofthe most endangered in the world, and clay licks form an important part oftheir daily life in south eastem Peru. Many things effect bird activity at a clay lick, including rain, fog, boats, birds ofprey, mammal and tourist activity.