Life and Death in the Yasuni

Life and Death in the Yasuni is a rare event capture on a trap camera in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. A Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) attacking an unrecognized snake, using powerful strikes down with its tarsus and suffocating it with body weight. The snake fight back all way to the end, knowing the untold story ahead of time.

The Yasuni Trap Camera is a sharing initiative to promote the Conservation of the Amazon Rainforest, with the special interest in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador. During our time collecting images never had found an entire event like this time. We are very grateful with all the different people who had sponsored this idea of sharing the diversity of life. Thank you all!

The Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) is large raptor from the Neotropics, They feed on mammals, birds, and reptiles, taken largely from trees and detected from a favorite perch. It has a prominent crest, is blackish with narrow white barring below, and broad gray bars on the tail.

This hawk-eagle occurs in both open and dense forests, and is the most frequently seen of the Neotropical forest eagles.

When nesting time arrives a stick nest is placed in the canopy, where it is often supported by branches and vines. As in other Neotropical eagles, development is slow and this species likely only nests once every two or three years.

The Black Hawk-Eagle occurs from Mexico south through the Amazon basin as well as in Atlantic coastal forest from eastern Brazil south to northern Argentina.