I drove by this guy who had his head down, thinking it was another red tailed hawk, but something didnt quite feel right so I went back… glad I did as I rarely see golden eagles. Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge area, Dec 2011.
Was shooting something else when I saw something big coming out of the corner of my eye, swung around and squeezed off a few shots. Only realized afterwards that it had been an impressively large golden eagle.
Name: Golden Eagle, Aquila Chrysaetos
Range: Europe, Asia, North America, parts of Africa
Prey: Small or large mammals, even deer and mountain goat, domestic cats, foxes, birds
Speed: Dives up to 150 mph.
Length: up to 2 ft 9 in.
Wingspan: 6 to 7 feet
Weight: 7 to 13 lb.