Watch macaws in slo-mo and find out why they get together to eat clay

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MACAWS in SlowMotion! Rainforest Research! Smarter Every Day 60

Published on Sep 19, 2012 by SmarterEveryDay

This is a REAL PLACE… and this happens EVERY MORNING!! I went there two mornings and made observations. It was amazing.
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I apologize for the video being a couple of minutes longer… but it took months of planning and preparation to do this. I wanted to leave a bit in there about the boat so I wouldn’t lose the memories! The noise was awful though (Macaws have a horrible song).

I didn’t know most of the rain in the Amazon comes from the Atlantic!
So this is what happens when you combine a battery operated Miro LC320S high speed camera with an incredibly specific spot of dirt that Macaws LOVE. It took several days and lots of modes of transportation to get there, but we took a new MIRO ( to one of the most remote research facilities in the Peruvian Rainforest. The footage we obtained was incredible.
How to get there yourself!:
I coordinated the travel with Rainforest Expeditions
Tell them Destin sent you.
You can checkout what they do on their Facebook page:
They ran me up and down the river in a boat, gave me lenses, a clean bed, awesome food etc. It was pretty amazing!
See the research project’s website here:

The project is led by Dr. Don Brightsmith
Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine

Jeff Cremer was my hook-up for all things photography once I got on site. He’s very good at technical photography and is more than capable of handling anything you can throw at him. Check out his chops and tell him Destin sent you:

Artist Info:
Sarah Xu, a student at the Vancouver Film School made the awesome introduction Drawing.

Gordon, the guy in charge of “Scary Parrot Monsters” at the end of the video wrote this song. It’s called “Black Rhino”… and is available for download online:

Instead of saving for my kids’ college, I make videos using the money I would have saved.
The thought is it will help educate the world as a whole, and one day generate enough revenue to pay for their education. Until then if you appreciate what you’ve learned in this video and the effort that went in to it, please share the video. If you REALLY liked it, feel free to pitch a few dollars towards their college fund by clicking here:

Warm Regards,


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