MACAWS in SlowMotion! Rainforest Research! Smarter Every Day 60

September 19, 2012 by 33 Comments

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:

(If I did this right these should be working Amazon affiliate links to purchase the stuff I like to use. When people purchase from these links it will support Smarter Every Day.)

❓Mystery Item (just for fun):
Things I use and like:
📷Camera I use :
Favorite Lens:
On-camera Mic:
Lav Mic:
Hot shoe mount for Lav Receiver:
My Tripod:
My Multi-tool:
Favorite SD Card:
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Travel Tripod:
My Backpack:
My Headlamp:
Favorite Bidet:
World Map:
Favorite Shoes:
Everyone needs a snatchblock:
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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,



33 Replies to “MACAWS in SlowMotion! Rainforest Research! Smarter Every Day 60”

  1. thank you for supporting my country´s team reasearches! I love your videos and these int he amazon rain forest are amazing! I am a highlander btw! Best regards from Jauja!

  2. Jobie Lee says:

    omg you gotta do a video on how they dont crash into one another! obviously they bump into one another with their wings but they dont fall to the ground mid flight. thats pretty interesting!

  3. Ella S says:

    No kidding this is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen

  4. So I'm fairly new to your channel. I went back and started at the beginning and am working through all your videos. This is BY FAR one of the most amazing ones. Just something about it. It was beautiful and jaw dropping.

  5. Ms Tric
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  6. They’re so beautiful, so so beautiful

  7. Amazing photography……. Interesting information and above all you guys love nature…..

  8. Amazing photography……. Interesting information and above all you guys love nature…..

  9. I'd say this is about the most beautiful shot I've ever seen in my life. How did I miss this for so many years.


  11. et chalaco says:

    Yeap! It’s Peru!

  12. rick2112rkrk says:

    Let him eat the passport! Thank you for this. I'm aware of that claylick and the ongoing theory of toxins. So nice to hear another, more plausible reason.

  13. Zeke Polaris says:

    How do they not crash into eachother?

  14. Logan Taylor says:

    Well, I think they do it because if a bird suddenly flew, you'd assume there's a predator, and a chain reaction would happen.

  15. Shawn Guffey says:

    Given the particular birds involved, this is one of the most beautiful slow motions I have ever witnessed.
    Thanks for all that you do and all that you know and share and research. You aren't one of a kind but you are certainly my favorite. <3

  16. We have a lot to learn. Will it be too late? Once humans have destroyed all animal abitats and all the animals are gone. We are not just destroying their homes but our own living space. (LESS IS MORE) the more we take the less we will have. Save these animals homes save yourself by doing so. Save the planet. For everyone who reads this plant a tree a year call it the world birthday and give it a tree. IT'S BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.

  17. hi go says:

    Birds are going extinct all of the pets are dying im just here to tell you 😭😭😭😭😭😭💖💖💔💔💔

  18. 3:48 One Bird On His Phone: “Dairy Queen closes in 15 min guys”

  19. meh, id be more impressed if they had 10 colors instead of 4, has any1 tried painting a tortoise with the Jamaican flag?

  20. Wow bet that was a fun trip.

  21. Fascinating!! Beautiful birds!! New sub here, I'll be watching for more amazing videos!!

  22. Alex Nather says:

    Who else is here from the lawn mower video?

  23. Beautiful! Thank you for this wonderful video.

  24. roshin roy says:

    Great video… What's the song in the background????

  25. sfurules says:

    Destin, if you still have this footage you might consider a new version of this using 2020 technology….as well as your 8 years more experience.

  26. Maybe lots of birds taking off at once makes it easier for any subsequent take-off from the first. Really their just waiting around for someone to take off, then domino effect.


  28. Omg love to see so many.

  29. Noe Cortez says:

    You habla español? 😲

  30. Probably the most beautiful footage I have ever seen on YouTube

  31. I'm actually taken away by the beauty