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Harpy Eagle

Harpia harpyja


juvenile, maybe 8 - 10 months old




The BBC was filming a program in Guyana and it included footage of a young harpy eagle. They had been climbing up a small tree beside a huge kapok tree which contained the nest. They offered me a chance to join them up in the tree and I couldn't refuse. It was amazing and kind of scary to be up 100' (30m) in a tree but fantastic to be so close to such an amazing and elusive bird. They had been going up in the tree in hopes of the adults returning but had no luck the few days I was around. This bird was old enough to fly but hung around the trees near the nest.

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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks auntnance, Joshua and Leonardo. Leonardo, just to be clear, this isn't a captive animal.

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 10 years ago

Gorgeous animal. When she is raised in captivity until the handlers are away from her (This is true.) Great work, dandoucette!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

awesome spotting Dan!

auntnance123 12 years ago

But I thought they said they were in Venezuela.

auntnance123 12 years ago

I saw that, too. Charmed life you're living there, Dan. Magnificent good fortune.

AnnaWhipkey 12 years ago

I just saw the BBC special on my local PBS station, amazing video and story.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 13 years ago

Thanks Jonathan!

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 13 years ago

WOW WOW WOW...................

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 13 years ago

I added some more pics and details to this spotting.

Carolina 13 years ago

They are incredible!!!!

Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette


Spotted on Feb 11, 2011
Submitted on Apr 11, 2011

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