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Elizabeth Hobson

Elizabeth Hobson

Afternoon at the Clay Lick

Apr 16, 2010

The main activity at the colpa takes place in the early morning, usually from about 5:30 or earlier to 7:30 or slightly later.  This period of activity is usually dominated by small macaws and parrots.  The large macaws return in the late morning or afternoon and it is during this later activity...

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Elizabeth Hobson

Clay lick video

Feb 09, 2010

I recently came across this video that appears to have been shot by one of the guides for Rainforest Expeditions. It shows some nice close-ups of the action at the clay lick near the Tambopata Research Center. From the species visiting the clay and from the calls in the background, I would guess...

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Elizabeth Hobson

Morning at the Colpa

Jan 13, 2010

Many species of birds and mammals have been observed eating clay at sites around the world. A cliff just upriver from the Tambopata Research Center has been called the largest parrot clay lick in the world. Over time, the river has eroded the bank at this site to create a tall and quite long...

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Elizabeth Hobson

Traveling upriver

Dec 14, 2009

To get to the Tambopata Research Center, my destination for the summer, I needed to travel by boat up the Tambopata River. We were ferried upriver in large canoe-like boats, wide enough to seat two people abreast with a walkway down the center. One person mans the outboard motor on the back and...

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