• Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 8 December, 2011 08:18
  • Focal length: 500mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/800 s

The large bird is a Mealy Amazon. The size, it’s one of the biggest parrots, the greyish tint on the back and the wider white eyering are keys to tell them apart.

This particular clay lick is only accessible by boat and you need powerful outboards to equalize the very strong currents and hold the position. Doing so with a canoe is impossible with the water level I experienced (2 metre higher in one day), but perhaps possible when water levels are at their lowest.

Thus this is a rather protected, albeit open lick. Although access by boat is easy, and perhaps tempting to go all the way up to the lick, the boatsmen and the Anangu Community will always keep a non-intrusive distance. The focus distance is here 50 meters (164 feet).

When the parrots are not here it looks like someone has taken out large scoops of of the wall. If the clay continues to be to their liking it will turn into a small cave, as they will continue to dig their way one day at a time.

It’s good to know this lick is protected by the Anangu. Visiting the Napo Wildlife Center will ensure it continues.