A farmer in Barangay Pangyan, Ttento, Agusan del Sur turned over to local officials last Thursday a seemingly weak Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) which he found crawling in an open area in his farm. According to farmer Rey Borlaza, the eagle did not have any wound or a broken wing or leg which convinced him that it was sick.
Endemic to the Philippines, the eagle is considered to be one of the largest and most powerful among forest raptors. They are also listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with an estimated number of only 400 pairs left in the wild.
with photos by Rechel Tunggay, Marilyn Mique, Joyren Duron