Where Eagles Dare: Plight of the <i>Bird King</i>

The inspiration of posting this photo comes from my wife, who was born on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, where this great bird still lives.

The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), is among the
tallest, rarest, largest and most powerful birds in the world. A bird of prey belonging to the family Accipitridae, it's also known as "Haribon" or "Haring Ibon," meaning "Bird King". Its local name is banog.

Measuring about one meter in height, with a wingspan of of 2 meters (6.7 feet), there is no beauty like the Philippine Eagle in the sky. The
Philippine Eagle's head is adorned with long brown feathers. These feathers
give it the appearance of a lion's mane, which in turn resembles the
mythical gryphon. Another noticeable feature is its 76-centimeter highly
arched, powerful bill.

On the island of Mindanao, it lives on large snakes, hornbills, civet cats,
flying lemurs and monkeys - the reason why it's also called the monkey-
eating eagle
. Life expectancy for a wild eagle is estimated to be around 10-25 years. It creates its nest in large trees on natural platforms some 30 meters off the ground.

With an estimated population of less than 100 today, the Philippine Eagle is in danger of extinction. It is one of 400 exotic bird species in the Philippines which, if not protected, will disappear from the face of the Earth.

This photo comes courtesy of National Geographic Magazine (Feb. 2008)

Here's a VIDEO of this amazing bird in flight.

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Deltaoperator17

Deltaoperator17 - Dec 3, 2008 6:04 pm - Voted 10/10

WOW!

Amazing Larry!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 3, 2008 6:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: WOW!

Yeah thanks, and I especially love the YouTube
video on this one! What an amazing bird!!!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 3, 2008 6:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Please ...

And if ya' all vote on this one, please vote on
the bird, not me. There's less than 100 of
these guys living, for crying out loud.

Marcsoltan

Marcsoltan - Dec 4, 2008 2:08 am - Voted 10/10

Amazing

Here's a vote for the bird, as you wish.

Happy flying,
Marc

lcarreau

lcarreau - Dec 4, 2008 10:22 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Amazing

I'm going to assume that the bird is thanking
you right now for your vote, as it attempts to
survive another day in the remote rainforests
of the Philippines. Keep on flying, bird!!!

BigJordan

BigJordan - Jan 23, 2009 2:53 am - Voted 10/10

that bird looks...

INSANE!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jan 23, 2009 9:38 am - Hasn't voted

Re: that bird looks...

Yes, my friend. At first glimpse, this bird
looks like it just got up from a wild night
on the town.

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