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 inhabit these remote environments, and are aware of the birds’ presence. A journey to a Harpy Eagle or Crested Eagle nest may require 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 trails and in the humid rainforest. The end result? A look at one of the world’s most beautiful raptors, nesting in pristine rainforest habitat. Be prepared for an adventure!