Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ornate Hawk-Eagle

A short while back (on a post highlighting a small, venomous snake I'd seen in Guatemala), I promised to show you a photo of one of the Ornate Hawk-Eagles (Spizaetus ornatus) that we studied there. There was a healthy population of these beautiful raptors in the semi-deciduous tropical forests of Tikal National Park, and the research we performed there (in the early 1990's) enabled us to learn a great deal about their food habits, nesting behavior, and home range size and spacing. This bird, newly telemetered, is here held by two of my Guatemalteco colleagues and friends (and soccer teammates), Julio Madrid and Sixto Funes.

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