The Great Philippine Eagle is the largest and rarest bird of prey in the world. Fewer than 800 individuals remain today and their survival is tied to the fate of the last fragments of old-growth forest in the Philippines. In 1977 world-renowned cinematographer, Neil Rettig, filmed the first images of the eagle in the wild, transforming the bird from a mysterious jungle predator into a beloved national symbol. But today, with a rapidly expanding human population facing serious political, economic, and environmental turmoil, the eagle’s plight has fallen out of public consciousness and the future of the species is uncertain. An expertly woven tale with stunning cinematography, Bird of Prey follows Neil’s return to the Philippines as he embarks on a grueling expedition alongside a small but devoted group determined to protect the eagle and save it from extinction.
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