- Stalking the Shadows - Harpy eagles fly below the canopy in the dense shadowy forest hunting for sloths and monkeys.
- High Speed Flight - A harpy eagle can reach speeds of over 50mph while attacking prey in a dive.
- Vertical Flight Capabilities - They have short, broad wings and can fly almost straight up, too, so it can attack prey from below as well as above.
- Advanced Target Acquisition - A Harpy eagle can turn its head upside down to get a better look at its potential meal. They also have excellent vision and can see something less than 1 inch (2 centimeters) in size from almost 220 yards (200 meters) away.
- Serious Weapons – Harpy Eagles have huge talons. Their rear talons can reach over 5 inches long – the same size as a grizzly bear’s claws!
- How rare are harpy eagles? I don't really know but they are pretty damn rare and seeing a chick in the wild is almost impossible.
Lucas Bustamante recently visited our lodges in Tambopata, Peru for a few weeks and took these incredible photos of Amazon rainforest wildlife.
How studying Macaws can save the Amazon
It’s one of the most stunning sights in the Peruvian rainforest. Every morning, just after sunrise, a riot of rainbows swoops down on the world’s largest avian clay lick in the southern jungle of Peru.
I recently took a video of a White-bellied parrot eating brazil nuts on top of a tree. Its very difficult to see this sort of thing since the brazil nuts they are eating are so high up in the tree.