The Monkey-Eating Eagle of the Orinoco

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Natural World, 2010-2011 Episode 1 of 14

Duration: 1 hour

The harpy eagle is the most powerful bird of prey in the world, plucking monkeys from the branches of the jungle canopy. Rare and elusive, they are seldom seen, but with the discovery of a harpy nest in the remote Orinoco rainforest of Venezuela, wildlife film-maker Fergus Beeley has a unique opportunity to follow the life of a chick from birth to adulthood.

Fergus ascends high into the canopy to reveal a stunning world of colour and sound, following the trials of the harpy eagle's newly hatched chick as it grows up. Fergus becomes just another member of the dazzling community of birds and animals surrounding the harpy nest and develops an unexpectedly close bond with the chick.

  • The Orinoco Canopy

    The Orinoco Canopy

    A view up into the canopy - home to the magnificant Harpy Eagle.

  • Fergus Beeley

    Fergus Beeley

    Producer Fergus Beeley stares into the canopy looking for the rare Harpy Eagle.

  • Fergus at the base of the Eagle's tree

    Fergus at the base of the Eagle's tree

    Fergus sits at the base of the tree which is home to the huge nest of the Harpy Eagle.

  • Harpy Eagle

    Harpy Eagle

    The Harpy Eagle chick stares down at the forest floor. Visible are the huge talons used to pluck monkeys from the canopy.

  • Harpy Eagle

    Harpy Eagle

    The Harpy Eagle chick surveys his canopy kingdom looking for signs of prey.

  • Filming in the forest

    Filming in the forest

  • Wildlife Finder

    Wildlife Finder

    Explore the BBC nature archive and discover more about the animals featured in this programme.

    Wildlife Finder

Credits

Presenter
Fergus Beeley
Producer
Fergus Beeley

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