Harpy Eagle Releases in Panama
Marta Curti— 31 May 2004 — in Harpy Eagle Conservation and Research ShareThings have been pretty active at the Harpy Eagle release site in Panama these past few weeks. We now have 15 free-flying eagles, several of which began to disperse long distances from the release site all at the same time! Though this is good news for the project and for the birds – as it means they are becoming more independent and are beginning to hunt a bit on their own, it means a lot of hard work for the volunteers and staff who have to keep up with them.
While all this was happening, we had also begun trapping several of these eagles in order to change their transmitters, as the batteries tend to last only a little more than a year and many will soon be on their “last legs.” To make things even more complicated, two young Harpy Eagles had fledged in the flight chambers and were ready to be placed in the hack box, while another two, already at the hack site, were ready for release. With three volunteers, Angel and myself, it goes without saying that we had our hands full.
As the saying goes, however, all is well that ends well. Angel was able to locate Pananaba’s signal from the air and the volunteers are on their way to look for her. Two new eagles were placed in the hack box and two more were successfully released and are doing well.
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