The Clay Lick

Images from a magical place in the Amazon Rainforest from Ecuador

Cobalt-winged Parakeets land on the forest floor to drink mineral-rich water and eat nutrient rich mud.

The sun acts as a spotlight on some birds, shining a beam on them as they fly

Parakeets continue flying down to join an increasingly large group already on the ground

Taking a wider view is necessary to witness the hundreds of parakeets visiting the clay lick area.

Chaos ensues as hundreds of Cobalt-winged Parakeets suddenly take off in a frenzy.

The final parakeet departs from under the arch, heading to join its flock in the canopy.