Deborah Glessner - Photography
April 19 -- HARPY EAGLE -- Belize Zoo<br />
I photographed this magnificent bird at eye level through a mesh fence and was thrilled that I was able to get the clarity I did. <br />
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Harpy eagles are the largest and most powerful eagle in the world. They inhabit the tropical forests of Central and South American, ranging from Southern Mexico to Argentina. The female Harpy averages three and a half feet in length and weighs about twenty pounds. Her wingspan is about six and a half feet. Typically, the male is about one third smaller than the female.<br />
    Being a predator, the Harpy's diet consists of mostly monkeys and sloths, which live high in the canopy. Their talons can be up to five inches long. A female can kill prey weighing twenty pounds, but has to tear it apart to transport it.<br />
    Harpy eagles reproduce every three years. The four to five feet in diameter nest of a Harpy is usually built in a tall tree, about 150 to 225 feet above the ground. Typically, two eggs are laid, but only one eaglet will be raised. The incubation cycle is about eight weeks. The male brings food for them and their eaglet. It will be another six months before the eaglet is able to leave the nest, but remains near the nest for about a year. Harpy eagles will not abandon their nest or young as other eagles sometimes do. Instead, they will attack intruders.<br />
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Thank you for your comments on my cast iron lantern yesterday. Yes, the original photo was just a shot of a lantern on a wall of an old building. The PP changes it from an ordinary shot into something more interesting.
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