In the mountain air, I travel far from where humans live, peace and solace are found. A kingdom where only I rule — taking good care of divine trees with companions. But what does it take to be me? Delicately white bellied, two strong yellow legged and long winged — I’m not a monster, but frightened are monkeys, snakes and rats when I fly. O’er them are my two good seeing eyes and sharp claws prepared to attack. Not that I intend to, but rather what nature calls. As I fly hundred feet above, a fellow prey is impossible at reach. But down there, where human aristocracy rules, is what I’m most afraid of. Many years ago, ancestors lived freely in their will with no danger of harm. But today, anywhere I go seems the possibility of my somber end. For heavenly mounted home is turned to skyscrapers and villages; for my only food for the soul is taken away, marching their way to extinction just like me. I start to wonder, where will my kingdom be in the next few years? But that is if there will be more years to come for me.
The Philippine Eagle, also known as the Monkey Eating Eagle, is currently critically endangered in our country mostly because of the said reasons above — deforestation and humans capturing them for personal use. However, the Philippine animal conservation is trying their best (I hope) to avoid their further extinction. They are naturally elusive and I haven’t personally seen one but I sure hope the next generation would one day wake up confidently knowing that our precious hero is safely living and growing in the comfort of his kingdom.