Macaw at Amazon's Largest Clay Lick
Oct. 1, 2012
-- LIMA, Peru, – Peru’s visionary leader in sustainable tourism, Rainforest Expeditions http://www.perunature.com/
, recently collaborated with Destin Sandlin and Gordon McGladdery from the educational YouTube channel Smarter Every Day to film slow motion video of hundreds of macaws as they descended onto a clay lick at the Tambopata Research Center deep in the Peruvian Amazon.
This is significant because this is the first time that slow-motion filming has captured these colorful birds on their home territory. The segment can be seen at http://www.perunature.com/
Sandlin, a rocket scientist, and McGladdery, a sound engineer, spent a week with Rainforest Expeditions photographer Jeff Cremer and biologist Phil Torres filming and taping a wide variety of Amazon wildlife. Sandlin’s YouTube channel has over 25 million views and features short educational videos that are typically physical-science based. Working with the experts of Rainforest Expeditions, programming now includes the wonders of the plant and animal world.
Equipped with a portable, not-yet-on-the-
market Phantom Miro high speed camera that can film at thousands of frames per second, the team was able to get footage of birds, butterflies and insects in ways that have never been captured before. This includes footage of a ‘flash’ of macaws from the Tambopata Research Center clay lick (the largest found in the Amazon) as well as unprecedented footage of butterfly flight patterns.
Throughout the year, all-inclusive photography tours at Rainforest Expeditions’
three eco-lodges include use of the most advanced professional cameras, lenses and equipment. While in the field participants may try out the latest high tech gear including Canon 600mm f/4 lenses, carbon fiber tripods, specialized macro lenses that can photograph in startling clarity the eyes of an ant, and robotic panorama cameras that can make photos of over 100 gigapixels. In addition to camera usage, workshops include topics on Photoshop, photography and ethics, the psychology of beauty and technical presentations on how digital cameras work. For a sampling of equipment for use see: http://www.perunature.com/wildlife-photography-equipment....
. Rainforest Expeditions works in partnership with Jeff Cremer to provide the same cameras, lenses and technologies that professional photographers employ to capture magazine-quality images.
string of three jungle lodges is accessed from Puerto Maldonado airport arriving from Lima or Cusco on daily commercial flights lasting 45 or 90 minutes respectively. A bus transports guests to the Infierno River Port to board motorized wooden canoes for a 45-minute trip to the first lodge, Posada Amazonas. Refugio Amazonas, the second lodge, is a 3.5-hour boat trip after departing the bus. The third and most remote is Tambopata Research Center, requiring a 4-hour additional upriver boat ride from Refugio Amazonas. Each lodge is only a few minutes on foot from the river bank. See: http://www.perunature.com/tambopata-jungle-lodges-puerto-...
About Rainforest Expeditions
Rainforest Expeditions (http://www.perunature.com/
) is a recipient of The Rainforest Alliance 2012 Sustainable Standard-Setter award. This Peruvian ecotourism company shares with visitors in a sustainable manner the miracles of the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, 1.5 million hectares of pristine, still wild, tropical rainforest encompassing an area of land the size of Connecticut and stretching from the Andean highlands to the Amazon lowlands. It includes the Tambopata National Reserve, a 275,000-hectare conservation unit created by the Peruvian government in 1990 to protect the watersheds of the Tambopata and Candamo rivers. Conservation and ecotourism is helping to protect some of the last untouched lowland and premontane tropical humid forests in the Amazon.
Since 1989, guests of first one and now three Rainforest Expedition eco-lodges have added value to the region’s standing tropical rainforest. A sensitively conceived and managed (in some cases by native communities)
touristic infrastructure creates a competitive alternative to such unsustainable economic uses as clear cutting the forest for timber or for cattle grazing. The partnerships Rainforest Expeditions has forged with local people eager to share Amazonian traditions with guests provide connection, expertise, adventure and access to wildlife in the jungles of Tambopata. Rainforest Expeditions has been verified and certified “a sustainable tourism business” by the Rainforest Alliance http://www.rainforest-
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