locks of macaws and other parrots are in constant activity around the Colpa all morning. Groups will settle on one or two ridges and work it for awhile. Others will join and there will be a flurry of regrouping. Scuffles break out over a prime spot and the whole cliff will clear of birds occasionally like an alarm going off.
rom across the river you can appreciate the full scope of the feeding display. In the picture above, Blue and Gold, Scarlet and Greenwing macaws take to the air as a group and circle the area before landing again. In the picture to the right, a large group of macaws works a ridge of the cliff.
such as Roadside hawks, lurk in the area, so the birds are constantly
on the lookout for danger. Sentry birds in the trees above call out a
warning to the flocks below on the cliff.
he blinds at the base of the cliff offer an up close and intimate view of the colpa activity. The are built of palm fronds and are only large enough for you to sit or kneel in. You enter them before sunrise, then wait in the rising heat for the birds to come. But it's well worth the discomfort. You are surrounded by the sound and sight of the flocks. The sound of their calls is overwhelming at times and they drop clay on the top of the blind as they forage.
he mystery birds have been identified as Barraband's Parrot (Pionopsitta barrabandi) by Mr. Randolf Berry. Bravo! Thanks to Cyril Laubscher, Ron Kasper and the Laurets who also responded with the correct identification.