DAVAO CITY: The Philippine Eagle Foundation has confirmed the sighting of a new family of the country’s national bird in the forest of Lupon, Davao Oriental.

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In a rare sighting, Philippine eagles thrive in Davao Oriental’s Mount Kampalili-Puting Bato Key Biodiversity Area on Dec. 8, 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Three Philippine eagles have been spotted during a four-day assessment of potential tourism sites in the area conducted by the province from Dec. 7 to 10, 2020.

According to Eden Jhan Licayan, the provincial photographer, a young Philippine eagle was first spotted, perched on a tree near its nest while emitting a peaceful call.

During the second assessment day, Licayan and his team spotted two more eagles, flying over the forest canopy, that are bigger than the first one sighted.

Meanwhile, Philippine Eagle Foundation Head for Research and Development Dr. Jason Ibanez confirmed that they were, indeed, Philippine eagles, based on their plumage and general appearance.

He said the eagle family is within the Mount Kampalili-Puting Bato Key Biodiversity Area of Davao Oriental, which is one of the few large habitats of Philippine eagles in Mindanao.

Davao Oriental is known to host a sizable population of Philippine eagles, including the rescued Mal’lambugok, which was released in the municipality of Caraga in September.

Ecotourism has been considered by the province as one of the key means to preserve its natural resources and promote the community’s stewardship and management of these highly valued resources while providing alternative livelihood for the locals and promoting peace in the community.

The provincial government sees the area’s potential for bird watching, which has both economic and conservation potential.

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