Harpy Eagles Eat Monkeys
Neil Rettig gave a fascinating program at the Midwest Birding Symposium about his harpy eagle. He's spent years studying, filming, and working to protect the species. Nearly everyone at the MBS stopped what they were doing to gaze at this magnificent creature. This is a bird that makes its living by swooping through the South American jungle and grabbing monkeys and sloths out of the vine-covered trees. Check out the bird's huge, powerful feet and deadly talons!
In the first photo the bird is at ease on Neil's arm.
In the second photo, a small child--a monkey-sized toddler if you will--entered the room. This got the harpy eagle's attention!