The Philippine Eagle is a bird of extremes. It’s the world’s largest and rarest eagle, found only in the Philippines. Fewer than 700 individuals remain today, and the future of these iconic birds — and of an untold number of other species — is tied to the fate of the Philippine’s last fragments of old-growth forest.
In 1977, world-renowned cinematographer Neil Rettig captured the first filmed images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. But with a rapidly expanding population facing serious political, economic, and environmental battles, the eagle’s plight has fallen out of public consciousness.
“Bird of Prey” follows Neil’s return to the Philippines as he embarks on a grueling expedition alongside the next generation of Filipinos determined to save the eagle. In order to secure the survival of the species, the team follows a family of nesting eagles from hatch to fledge in hopes of re-establishing the species not as a vanishing relic, but as a living symbol of the Philippines’ future.