A breathtaking milestone in the conservation of Mt. Apo Natural Park has been unveiled by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mount Apo Natural Park Protected Area Management Office (DENR-MANP PAMO Cotabato), in a stunning rare display of aerial courtship of the critically endangered Philippine Eagles. The courtship between the two eagles has been spotted recently, and it has raised the bar in the ongoing efforts to protect and save these raptors.
From November 6 to November 11, MANP Cotabato through its Philippine Eagle Monitoring Team composed of Deputy PASu Shirley P. Uy, Focal Person Arnold Allen S. Chin, Lucky Jay Naquines, Jayson Serrano, and Rufino Iday Jr. conducted a Philippine Eagle Monitoring activity, during which the captivating encounter took place. The eagles engaged in the courtship symbolize not only their readiness for procreation but also the critical role that breeding pairs play in maintaining the population growth and survival of their kind.
The male and the female eagles performed aerobatics and locked their talons together as they soared high into the sky to begin their courtship. During the process, the pair also vocalized what seemed to be distinguishing calls in order to communicate and strengthen their pair bond. As the courtship progresses, the pair engaged in intricate mid-air dances, spiraling dives, and impressive maneuvers that highlight their grace and power.
This remarkable discovery has even greater significance because it was made during the eagles' breeding season, which is normally observed from October to December. In one instance, a presumed female Philippine Eagle (Phithecophaga jefferyi) perched on White Lauan tree (Shorea contorta) was observed feeding on Philippine Long Tailed-Macaque brought by the Male Philippine Eagle.
In addition to demonstrating the value of the area as a habitat, the existence of a breeding pair inside Mt. Apo Natural Park also attests to the general health of the ecosystem. It highlights the vital interdependence of a healthy ecosystem, which gives apex predators like the Philippine Eagle access to vital resources like suitable nesting sites and prey species.
Conservation efforts on the determination of the natural behaviors of critically endangered Philippine Eagles were obtained through the diligent monitoring of the MANP Cotabato team. The eagles' aerial courtship was documented, confirming DENR-MANP PAMO Cotabato's dedication to protecting the ecosystem of Mt. Apo Natural Park and demonstrating the effectiveness of cooperative conservation efforts.
This documentation emphasizes ongoing monitoring and habitat protection, adding to the body of knowledge crucial to the conservation of the Philippine Eagle. The endeavors of DENR demonstrates committed conservation and provide optimism for the Philippine Eagle's sustained existence, highlighting our shared obligation to protect these remarkable avians for upcoming generations. # (𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘔𝘈𝘕𝘗 𝘊𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘰) | 𝘙𝘚𝘊𝘐𝘎𝘑