To Find a Harpy

Runtime: 19:01
Country: Guyana
Language: English
Category: 2019 | Short Documentaries/TV Documentaries (2019)

There is a bird deep in the forests of South America with legs as wide as a human arm, talons longer than a grizzly bear's and a grip strong enough to crush bone with ease. The harpy is the largest eagle in the Americas and the most powerful bird of prey in the world. But this ghost of the canopy is rare - so rare that many adventurers, scientists and avid birders have spent their entire lives searching, to barely catch a single glimpse. Home to vast expanses of tangled rainforest, wide plains of natural savannah and winding river systems, Guyana is a global biodiversity hotspot. Over 80% of the country is covered by dense primary rainforest with almost its total population living on the tiny coastal strip. It is also the home to a rich indigenous culture living deep in the jungle who tell stories of their ancestors climbing trees that break into the heavens and of giant grey birds that carry souls to the underworld. “To Find a Harpy” is the story of one woman’s quest into the world’s most remote and unexplored rainforest to fulfil her dream of seeing this mythical bird… In the face of all the adversities on this ultimate “quest to see”, will mathematician, Natasha Ellison fulfil her dream and join the ranks of those lucky few people on Earth to see a harpy eagle in the wild?
Daniel O’Neill, Director
Natasha Ellison, Key Cast
Daniel O’Neill, Narrator
Daniel O’Neill, Producer
Daniel O’Neill, Director of Photography
Jonathan Poole, Director of Photography

Daniel O'Neill

Daniel is a film festival director, filmmaker and field biologist, specialising in rainforests. After completing his degree in Zoology, he developed his skills in the remote Amazon and Yucatan as a habitat scientist and has travelled across much of Europe, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Caribbean. He recently completed the MA in Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE Bristol in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit. During this time, Daniel worked as a researcher for Hello Halo and Oak Island Films and alongside fellow course-mate Isaac Rice, founded the conservation minded Wilderland Film Festival.

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