Lailson Marques: A mighty trekker who often spots the amazing Harpy Eagle

G Shaheed 

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Lailson Marques | Photo: Special Arrangement

A trekker of untiring zeal, young Lailson Marques might be one of the most fortunate wildlife photographers in the world. Reason? He often encounters the magnificent Harpy Eagle!

The oceanic tropical rainforests of South America are the haven of Harpy Eagles. The nests of these birds are seen on towering trees. Through arduous treks, Lailson locates them.

“I have recently spotted 50 eagle nests,” he told

The Amazon forest covers an area of 6.7 million square kilometres, that is, double the size of India. It spans eight South American countries including Brazil.

Brazilian native Lailson is a talented wildlife photographer and has served as a guide to eco-tourists visiting the Amazon. He observes eagles and chicks from a tall machan built just opposite the birds’ nest.

The birds can see the machan, but it is not disturbed in any manner as there is a fine rapport kept between the man and the birds.

Since 2018, Lailson has been working with South Wild, an eco-tour body, which works to protect the harpy eagles with local participation.

“Treks are adventurous. We go scanning the rain forests with our eyes and locate the nests. The forests are crisscrossed by rivers and ravines. One will be dazzled by the rich biodiversity,” he said.

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