Rio Zunac update: predator and prey

Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) and chick at their Rio Zunac nest this week. Photo: Luis Recalde/EcoMinga.

Click to enlarge! Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) and chick at their Rio Zunac nest this week. Photo: Luis Recalde/EcoMinga.


Our Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) family is doing very well indeed. Today Ruth Muñiz López, Ecuador’s leading expert on large eagles, will visit the nest along with another ornithologist and a photographer, to observe the eagles and teach our guards to make key observations about the behavior of this little-known bird. Maybe Monday or Tuesday I hope to post the photos they will take with their professional equipment.
Blck-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) and chick in their nest this week. Luis Recalde/EcoMinga.

Blck-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori) and chick in their nest this week. Luis Recalde/EcoMinga.


Meanwhile our guard Fausto Recalde has photographed the eagle at its nest from a new observation point, and Luis Recalde has had a close encounter with its prey, our Woolly Monkeys. Luis told me he found a troop of 18, including many young ones and babies, an excellent sign that our protection is working. He said the Woolly Monkeys now are completely unafraid of him, and he was able to get the great photos below. These monkeys, however, are one of the things our eagle eats. We expect at least a few of these will end up on the dinner table of the eagle chick!
Woolly monkey mother and baby this week in the Rio Zunac Reserve. Photo: Luis Recalde/EcoMinga.

Woolly monkey mother and baby this week in the Rio Zunac Reserve. Photo: Luis Recalde/EcoMinga.


Woolly monkey this week in the Rio Zunac Reserve. Photo: Luis Recalde/EcoMinga.

Woolly monkey this week in the Rio Zunac Reserve. Photo: Luis Recalde/EcoMinga.

Lou Jost

4 thoughts on “Rio Zunac update: predator and prey

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