Of all the thousands of pictures taken and the countless hours of waiting in the thick jungles of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Bukidnon, Joaquin de Leon, a nephew of renowned Cagayan de Oro-based eye surgeon and wildlife photographer Miguel David de Leon, took his shot of a lifetime – a photo of the 5-month old Philippine Eagle “Pamarayeg III” perched on a tree branch. For him, despite seeing many beautiful photographs of the Philippine Eagle, to actually see one is an experience of a lifetime.

Joaquin joined a group of bird watchers last week together with his uncle Doctor Miguel David to the Philippine Eagle’s habitat in Bukidnon.

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photo by Joaquin de Leon

Through the assistance of his uncle, Joaquin had his camera set up for the optimal view.

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photo by Joaquin de Leon

Accordingly, they took thousands of shots that day.

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photo by Miguel David de Leon

But his photo of Pamarayeg III is just priceless.

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photo by Joaquin de Leon

The eagle seems to be staring at the camera….

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photo by Joaquin de Leon

Born in the wild, Pamarayeg III was sighted in August.

In 2019, a rare video of the endangered Philippine Eagle growing a chick was captured by a team from National Geographic Wild. Watch below.

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