The Philippine eagle is one of the world’s largest and rarest birds of prey. Fewer than 900 adults remain on just four Philippine islands. It took four weeks of searching, seven filming platforms, and five months, to capture this rare, intimate look at a Philippine eagle nest. Philippine eagle pairs mate for life and produce just one egg every two years. See how eagle parents feed and care for an eaglet, and watch the eaglet learn to fly, in this close-up look at a nest.
National Geographic teams up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Philippine Eagle Foundation to share rare footage of the critically endangered raptor’s growth—from the nest to its first flight over a five month period. Then read more about the work being done to protect it.
Plus, more about the national bird of the Philippines on Wikipedia:
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Evolution in the Philippine islands, without other predators, made the eagles the dominant hunter in the Philippine forests. Each breeding pair requires a large home range to successfully raise a chick, thus the species is extremely vulnerable to deforestation. Earlier, the territory has been estimated at about 100 km2 (39 sq mi), but a study on Mindanao Island found the nearest distance between breeding pairs to be about 13 km (8.1 mi) on average, resulting in a circular plot of 133 km2 (51 sq mi).
The species’ flight is fast and agile, resembling the smaller hawks more than similar large birds of prey.