Ludette and I are newbie members of the Wild Birds Club of the Philippines (WBCP) and we have practically zero knowledge when it comes to identifying birds and getting their correct scientific names…

And so when fellow WBCP member Ed Cadavis prompts us if we would be interested in taking shots of a pet eagle – a not so common one – for purposes of proper identification by birding experts, we just couldn’t say no for an answer.

Specially since the bird, Ed dangles a teaser, has laid an egg!

We hurriedly went to the eagle’s owner, bird pet lover Wilson Uy in Guindapunan, Palo, Leyte to take shots of this beautiful bird.

We were not disappointed, although we knew we could have gotten better shots if we had all the time in the world. ;)

The bird has been identified as a Philippine Hawk Eagle (Spizaetus philippensis). Endemic to the Philippines, it is a medium-sized hawk-eagle characterized by its striking appearance due to its long crest of four or five feathers protruding from its crown. It thrives in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The species is threatened due to habitat loss, or simply the destruction of its natural habitat as a result of agricultural, logging and mining development projects.

But the nagging question remains hanging: is the egg fertilized or not?

We really hope it is.

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