This rare bird has been seen so often, it is considered a common bird in Kabalebo.
The Harpy Eagle is known as the world's most powerful and largest predator. They are solitary hunters of the canopy and need a large area of undisturbed rainforest to survive. Due to their slow reproduction of the next generation and habitat loss, these large predators are also enlisted as near threatened species in the world.
But somehow I managed to see 3 times this magnificent animal in 3 weeks time. A fortunate encounter.
This Harpy Eagle was seen on March 2, 2017 in the Sandcreek area. It just caught an Iguana, by surprise, and was enjoying its lunch. It wasn't bothered at all by our presence, it even was busy cleaning the bones of this unfortunate Iguana.
This Harpy Eagle was seen at the River Cabin on February 21, 2017 right before dark. It was lurking at some monkeys nearby but in the end changed its mind and took off. Here it was looking straight into my camera.
And this Harpy Eagle was spotted near the pier on February 17, 2017 also right before nightfall. It stood on top of a broken tree, almost resembling a part of the tree trunk.
I have seen more Harpy Eagles than Black Hawk Eagles (5 times so far) or Ornate Hawk Eagles (3 times so far) in Kabalebo, so my question is: "Which of these raptors are considered rare?"
The Harpy Eagle has indeed the most impressive appearance of them all, known in the world as a rare bird, but here in Kabalebo we classified this large predator as a 'common rare bird'.
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