This recent news from Fundación EcoMinga, a conservation partner of World Land Trust (WLT), follows the discovery of a nest in May high in a tree in the reserve by Keeper of the Wild Fausto Recalde. The chick is growing much faster than expected. It has survived the worst rainy season in recent memory, during which torrential rains washed away part of the path to the reserve.
One of Ecuador’s most threatened birds, the Black-and-chestnut Eagle is classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List.
Once the weather had improved and the path was repaired, Ecuador’s leading expert on large eagles, Ruth Muñiz López, visited the nest along with another ornithologist, a photographer and the reserve’s wildlife rangers.
She spent time watching the eagles and advised the rangers on how to best record their observations about the behaviour of this little known bird. Fausto Recalde photographed the eagle at its nest from a new observation point.
Black-and-chestnut Eagles build their huge stick nest in February and March, laying eggs in April and May and fledging one or two young by August and September.
Forests in the Sky
WLT is raising money to protect the Black-and-chestnut Eagle and other species during Big Match Fortnight in October 2015.
The appeal target is £500,000 and funds will be used to purchase and protect habitat for Black-and-chestnut Eagles, threatened mammals like the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque) and many other creatures, between Llanganates and Sangay National Parks in Eastern Ecuador.
During the first two weeks of October, donations to WLT’s Forests in the Sky Appeal will be matched pound for pound with funds pledged in advance by a small group of generous donors.
More about the Black-and-chestnut Eagle on the blog of Lou Jost, EcoMinga founder: