While navigating a boat along Peru’s vast Madre de Dios River or its tributaries in the western Amazon basin, you’ll undoubtedly notice the riverbanks adorned with vivid reds and blues. This scenic locale serves as the habitat for the striking great macaw.
Accompanied by a variety of bird species, rainbow-hued parrots gather on these slopes to sample the sodium-rich soil.
Numerous visitors are drawn to this vibrant spectacle, and at the start of the year, a group of bird-watching enthusiasts received an extraordinary gift.
During a trip to the Banquillo clay lick, the group marveled at the splendid plumage of a red-and-green macaw while observing an ocelot spring upon the parrot. The ocelot seized the struggling bird, dragging it up the clay bank and into the dark forest beyond, all of which was concealed from view by a hidden vantage point.
A fortunate guide from Tambopata Blanquillo Lodge, located near the renowned Manu National Park, managed to capture this encounter on camera.
The ocelot, Darwin Moscoso, explained that these cats can be found across various regions, from South Texas to northern Argentina and Uruguay. However, spotting one in the act of prowling is quite uncommon, as ocelots are adept at evading observers.
Let’s witness this rare and astonishing moment in the video below: