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Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Research Files: Harpy Eagle


As we all know... research is a critical component of any story. As writers, we spend hours reading, watching, asking and absorbing (yes, I just love those gerunds)... now, sometimes we carry too much of that research with us and put a little too much into the story.
Sean likes Harpy Eagles... and they are pretty awesome. I'd thought I'd share some of what I've learned... after all, if Sean knows all about them - I need to as well.
- The Harpy Eagle stands over 3 feet tall.
- Wingspan can reach seven feet
- Females are quite larger than males (some reports say twice as large, others say three times)
- The Harpy Eagle talons are the longer than a grizzly bears
- They eat monkeys, sloths (their tasty treat), and sometimes - small antelope
- They can exert several hundred pounds of pressure with their talons
- They have a chick every two to three years and don't reach sexually maturity until four or five
- They are threatened
- The Harpy Eagle is the national bird of Panama
- Latin name: Harpia Harpyja from Harpe (don't we all recall the harpies from mythology?)
What is threatening the Harpy Eagle? Deforestation

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5 Comments:

Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Whoa. When I was little (okay, younger), I was totally into eagles. Thought I knew all the different varities.

Guess not.

6:52 AM  
Blogger ERiCA said...

They eat monkeys? Seriously, MONKEYS??

/erica is traumatized

P.S.
Not that I have anything against sloths and antelope, just that monkeys are so gee golly gosh darn cute.

1:38 PM  
Blogger writtenwyrdd said...

Rashenbo, can you help me out? How do you write the code that has a "labels" link that works. I'm stumped.

10:25 AM  
Blogger writtenwyrdd said...

writtenwyrdd at earthlink.net is my email. I did mean the category links. An example line of code to drop in the sidebar would do, then I could duplicate them! I'm so clueless when it comes to code!

3:54 PM  
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