Gareno Lodge made its claim to fame when they had a Harpy Eagle nest near their lodge.  The most amazing show lasted almost two years while the eagle parents prepared their new born for his first flight.

I have visited Gareno in search of the mythical bird but failed to see it until my last visit where miraculously saw two eagles perched on a tree very far away.  The pair of eagles perched for at least 10 minutes while we all took turns on the scope to get great view of the birds.  At first we only saw one bird but soon the second one flew and perched.  I was never able to get good pictures because the scope was cranked to 65X and the lighting was not very good.  Here is one of the shots I managed to get:

Harpy Eagle

Written by Renato
Renato was born in Quito, Ecuador and quickly flew to the USA to learn all about engineering and climbing company ladders. After getting his engineering degree from the University of Minnesota he worked in the Standard-American-Rat-Race-Company for fifteen years. After climbing the ladder to where he could no longer see the ground, he decided to jump off the ladder and migrate south like all normal birds do. To his surprise home did not look like it did when he left as a young fledgling; the towns were bigger, most of his friends had nests of their own, and the countryside was changed. Shocked by all the change he searched for a new life and a new wife. He stumbled across a vivacious young chick who would accompany him inside a volcanic crater to set up a love nest. So, after eight years of nesting inside the crater a new love for nature and birds has sprung a career in environmental conservation and birding tours. Finally this bird has come home to roost!