Monday, November 14, 2011

PBS Nature: The harpy eagle in Venezuela

Sunday night Nov. 13 PBS Nature aired a one hour documentary on the harpy eagle in the jungles of Venezuela. The episode was titled "Jungle Eagle."

A British filmmaker and crew had to rappel to treattops to put in special video cameras to monitor the nesting behavior of the eagle, which eats small moneys as its diet.

The film tracked a couple raising a chick to teenage-hood.  Harpy eagles remain dependent on their parents for over a year.

The female stayed near and protected the young, whereas the male could be gone for several days to hunt.
The young was a male, who started to bond with the filmmakers.  The parents would actually leave some monkeys alone for him to learn to hunt.   He was about as old as a college student in eagle terms at the end of the film.  Eagles seemed to have enormous practical intelligence, and can use leaves and canopies to protect their young from predators and even insects. 

The link is here.

Picture: DC zoo, not an eagle. 

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