The Journey to the Nest
By nature, Harpy and Crested eagles are shy, elusive birds. They nest in the largest trees in the Darién rainforests – Cuipo, Almendro and Kapok trees, in mature forests with minimal disturbance and usually far from human settlement. Indigenous communities settled in these remote environments, and are aware of the birds’ presence. A journey to a Harpy Eagle or Crested Eagle nest usually requires a full day and various methods of transportation, including 4×4 vehicle, river travel in local “piraguas” (motorized dugout canoes), followed by a final hike by foot to the nest. Travel times depend on the nest location and season, but it can involve up to an hour by vehicle, up to 3 hours on the river, and up to 2 hours by foot on a sometimes muddy trail and in the humid, hot rainforest. The end result? A look one of the world’s most beautiful raptors, nesting in pristine rainforest habitat. Be prepared for an adventure!