The world´s first HarpyCam in Tambopata, Peru is powered by Rainforest Expeditions
Ever seen a harpy eagle in the wild? If the answer is yes – you’re lucky! Dr. Mark Bowler who has been working in Tambopata for 15 years has only ever seen a harpy eagle four times!
In fact, this apex predator is incredibly difficult to spot in nature - so you can imagine how excited our research team was to have discovered a harpy eagle nest – with an egg (!) – near Refugio Amazonas.
After stumbling on this incredible discovery, our AmazonCam team carefully scaled a nearby tree and installed the worlds first HarpyCam – and today, we are monitoring the activity of the Harpy Couple, Kee Wai and Baawaja and their new (soon to be named) chick.
Harpy eagles (Harpia harpyja) are listed as Near Threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Hunting and habitat loss have contributed to a decreasing population in the birds’ native range in Central and South America. So researchers are especially excited about the opportunities for research and observation that the high- definition, around the clock camera will grant them.
WATCH THE FIRST VIDEOS FROM THE HARPY CAM
Did you know that HarpyEagles are monogamous? They also have a low reproductive rate, hatching a chick once every two to three years; so scientists eagerly welcomed the new chick last weekend. While both parents incubated the egg, the female, Kee Wai, took on most of the responsibilities. Following the hatching of their chick, both parents are feeding and caring for the youngster. Our research team intends to keep the camera on the nest throughout the chick-rearing phase, which can take up to two years.
We’ll be updating the HarpyCam feed on YouTube every week with a new video, so be sure to check back often! If you have any questions about the Harpy Eagle, just writte at [email protected]