Jungle Eagle

About

Harpy eagles are the most powerful birds of prey in the world. Standing three feet tall, with a six-foot wingspan and razor-sharp talons the size of bear claws, these birds are the heavyweight hunters of the South American rainforest. They are the top predators in the jungle canopy, feeding regularly on tree-dwelling mammals like monkeys and sloths. But scientists know very little about harpy eagles because their numbers are few and their habitat is large. Hidden in the branches of the canopy, they are rarely seen, let alone filmed.

After locating a nest 130 feet above ground in an enormous Ceiba tree, wildlife filmmaker Fergus Beeley and his team of cameramen install a “nest cam” to monitor a harpy family. Over the course of a year, they struggle to document the lives of these elusive birds in Venezuela’s Orinoco River jungle. The team comes dangerously close to the notoriously aggressive birds, risking serious injury for the chance to gain new insight into these Jurassic-like creatures.

NATURE enters the secret world of the harpy, and provides a treasure trove of new information about this majestic species.

Production Credits Print

PRESENTED BY
FERGUS BEELEY

PRODUCERS
FERGUS BEELEY
ADRIAN SEYMOUR

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
GRAHAM HATHERLEY

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
JAMES ALDRED
ADRIAN SEYMOUR

EDITOR
TIM COOPE

MUSIC
ANNE NIKITIN

DUBBING MIXER
RICHARD LAMBERT

DUBBING EDITOR
PAUL FISHER

ONLINE EDITOR
CHRIS SHORT

EXPEDITION SAFETY ADVISOR
JIM McNEILL

ROPE ACCESS
JAMES ALDRED

EXPEDITION SUPPORT STAFF
FRANCISCO JAVIER CONTRERAS
JOSE ‘CHEO’ HURTADO
ALEJANDRO LAMUS
RAFAEL GARCIA

FIXER
ANDRES EMILIO PEREZ MEJIAS

SPECIAL THANKS
THE VENEZUELAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE
CENTRO NACIONAL AUTONOMO DE LA CINEMATOGRAFIA (CNAC)
ELECTRIFICACION DEL CARONI, C.A. (EDELCA), VENEZUELA
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE PARQUES (INPARQUES), VENEZUELA

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
CHARIS MUNDAY

PRODUCTION MANAGER
CLARE CROSSLEY

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
HANA DIFRAWY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FERGUS BEELEY

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER

PRODUCTION MANAGER
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

HD ONLINE EDITOR
PATRICK KRASS

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of THIRTEEN and ABU DHABI WILDLIFE FILMS in association with BBC and WNET New York Public Media

This program was produced by THIRTEEN, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2011 THIRTEEN, ABU DHABI WILDLIFE FILMS and BBC
All rights reserved

WEB CREDITS

PRODUCER
KATE FULTON

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
CHIE WITT

DESIGNER
JOY WEEENG

PAGEBUILDING
BRIAN SANTALONE

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
NICK MILLER

SENIOR DIRECTOR
DANIEL B. GREENBERG