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Old 07-02-2018, 05:47 AM
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A very nice article about the philippine eagle

"In the Aerie of the Philippine Eagle"
(CornellLab of Ornithology)

It was the same grueling routine, but of course Neil Rettig was a senior citizen now—at 63, a good three decades older than he was in 1977, when he first climbed into the tops of 100-foot trees in the Mindanao jungle to photograph the Great Philippine Eagle.

His support crew in this century had better gear and safer techniques. But still. Every morning at dawn, Rettig strung a climbing rope into the uppermost branches, climbed into his harness, hitched himself to the rope, and climbed like an inchworm—a foot at a time, brow sweating and arms burning—until he hoisted himself onto a cramped platform of boards screwed into the tree, and wriggled himself into a camouflage blind.

The crew had started on a hillside 97 yards from the eagle’s aerie, a heap of sticks tucked above a big knot of epiphytic plants so wrapped in vines and foliage that it was nearly invisible from the ground. The length of a football field was close enough for shots of eagle parents soaring through the forest canopy and flying into the nest, but still too distant to capture this majestic raptor’s personality and intensity.
Day by day, tree by tree, Rettig and his crew hoisted themselves above the ground and built new platforms, each incrementally closer than the one before. Each time they dreaded the thought that this might be the effort that would scare the parents from the nest, with the risk that they would abandon their single chick. But they were convinced it was a risk worth taking if they were to produce new film footage of one of the world’s rarest birds...

The Ultimate Forest Predator
The Philippine Eagle is one of the largest eagles in existence, with a wingspan of 7 feet and the weight of a large female approaching 20 pounds. It has a greater length and wing surface than the Harpy Eagle and Steller’s Sea-Eagle.

Read more: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/in-the...lippine-eagle/
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Old 13-02-2018, 04:56 AM
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The majesty, vulnerability of the PHL Eagle captured in ‘Bird of Prey’ trailer
Published February 10, 2018 3:16pm
Fewer than 800 Philippine Eagles are alive today. The impact of this dwindled number is captured in the first trailer of "Bird of Prey", where its regal beauty can be clearly seen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FbvsDNCPIU

Emmy Award winning wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig describes Philippine Eagles as "masterpieces of nature" and he marvels at their beautiful crest, blue eyes, and powerful talons.

The Philippine Eagle is the world's largest and rarest eagle, the latter owed to rapidly expanding human population that has led to large-scale deforestation and fragmentation.

Aside from preserving the image of the majestic creature, "Bird of Prey" additionally documents the efforts of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) to protect it by restoring the Philippine forest and advocating against unnecessary shooting and trapping.

"Bird of Prey" is directed by Eric Liner and produced by Liner and John Bowman with the help of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Working with Rettig as a cinematographer is fellow Emmy Awardee Skip Hobbie. Perfecto Balicao of the PEF served as a guide for the team.

"Bird of Prey" will be screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at Missoula, Montana this February and at the The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC in March. — Aya Tantiangco, GMA News

Philippine Eagles as "masterpieces of nature"
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