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.

photo by Joaquin de Leon

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

photo by Joaquin de Leon

Accordingly, they took thousands of shots that day.

photo by Miguel David de Leon

But his photo of Pamarayeg III is just priceless.

photo by Joaquin de Leon

The eagle seems to be staring at the camera….

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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