Last photos of our young Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori)

An adult Black-and-chestnut Eagle delivers a guan to the waiting chick. Photo: Mark Wilson.

An adult Black-and-chestnut Eagle delivers the trunk and legs of a guan to the waiting chick. Photo: Mark Wilson.


Regular readers of this blog know that we (along with many other biologists) were immensely excited about our nesting Black-and-chestnut Eagles, but that the eaglet died when it left the nest. Mark Wilson, who is writing a book on the world’s giant eagles, came here to photograph the nest and eaglet, right before it died. He lost one of his memory cards, but just a few days ago he found it tucked into one of the pockets of his clothes. He sent me the new pictures. Some of them show the adult bringing in the trunk and legs of a Sickle-winged Guan (Chamaepetes goudotii). This was the main prey item brought to the nest throughout the eaglet’s life. A photo by our guards taken a month or two earlier shows exactly the same kind of trunk and legs in the nest.

Black-and-chestnut eaglet mantling prey item at the nest. It does not want to share! Photo: Mark Wilson.

The eaglet mantling prey item at the nest. It does not want to share! Photo: Mark Wilson.

Dreamed Forest- The young Black-and-chestnut Eagle watches life in the cloud forest. Photo: Mark Wilson.

Dreamed Forest- The young Black-and-chestnut Eagle watches life in the cloud forest. Photo: Mark Wilson.

In memory of the  Black-and-chestnut Eagle chick that lived a beautiful but far too short life in its cloud forest nest. Photo: Mark Wilson.

In memory of the Black-and-chestnut Eagle chick… Photo: Mark Wilson.

The last picture shows the eaglet jumping up from the nest in practice flight. This is apparently what got it into trouble, as it somehow got stuck under the canopy and could not regain the nest.

Lou Jost

One thought on “Last photos of our young Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori)

  1. Pingback: This year’s Black-and-chestnut Eagle nest is doing well | Fundacion EcoMinga

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