Saturday, March 26, 2016

Harpy Eagle at Bartola!

Harpy Eagle (immature)
Canadian birder G. Elliott Whitby submits the following description of his February 16, 2016, encounter with a young Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja)--the first known sighting of this species in Nicaragua in more than 15 years, and the first documented eBird record for the country:

"On February 16 Elliott Whitby, Ardith Ekdahl, Gordon Greer and Denise Orr were taken on a birding tour by boat up the Bartola River from Refugio Bartola. The guide was Juan Jose. At approximately 9:30 the guide told us a Harpy Eagle was passing over the boat. It landed in an adjacent tree and we all got wonderful views with our binoculars and three of us took pictures for about ten minutes. According to (eBird country reviewer Liliana Chavarria) it is the first sighting of a Harpy Eagle in 15 years in Nicaragua."

1 comment:

  1. It is great to have a recent record on Harpy Eagle in Nicaragua. The previous documented record was a dead bird in Siuna Atlantico Norte (probably in Saslaya National Park) in 2001.
    Liliana Chavarría - Duriaux