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Golden Eagle
Although certainly not a bird expert I think it's a Golden Eagle soaring over the San Antonio Canyon as seen on my way up Stoddard Peak's south ridge. March 2009

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yatsekGood Luck

yatsek

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Was it good luck or do you often see them? I'm not a twitcher either but I've always been a fan of eagles as they belong in the mountainous trove. From my (EU) perspective, yours does look like an adult golden eagle.
Cheers,
Jacek
Posted Mar 11, 2009 7:11 am

SoCalHikerRe: Good Luck

SoCalHiker

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Thanks Jacek, I don't see them too often but it was certainly not the first time either. It's just that this time I had the right zoom lens with me. Cheers, Guido
Posted Mar 11, 2009 12:15 pm

johnmnicholsYou are right

johnmnichols

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I'm also fairly certain that is a golden eagle. It takes bald eagles several years to develop their white head, so a juvenile bald eagle can sometimes be mistaken for a golden eagle. However, this photo looks like a full grown adult, so more than likely a golden.
Posted Mar 11, 2009 8:08 am

SoCalHikerRe: You are right

SoCalHiker

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Thanks. Yes, I am pretty sure now that it is a Golden Eagle. Cheers, Guido
Posted Mar 11, 2009 12:16 pm

Ejnar FjerdingstadWhat a bird,

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Voted 10/10

what a photo!
Posted Mar 11, 2009 9:19 am

SoCalHikerRe: What a bird,

SoCalHiker

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Thanks Ejnar. Yes, it really is a very majestic bird. I was watching it for many minutes as it was circling above me. Cheers, Guido
Posted Mar 11, 2009 12:17 pm

SoCalHikerRe: Nice!

SoCalHiker

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Thanks for the comment. I shot it at 270mm on a Nikon D90 body (so in fact closer to 400mm on a full frame body). Cheers.
Posted Mar 11, 2009 2:30 pm

lcarreauCongratulations

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

on seeing the Golden Eagle! Years back, when I
worked in Sequoia NP, I was hiking near Moose
Lake and saw one descending on a marmot.

Of course, I didn't have my camera at the time.
Posted Mar 12, 2009 12:33 am

SoCalHikerRe: Congratulations

SoCalHiker

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Thanks Larry. I was lucky this time that I had my camera with me. Cheers. Guido
Posted Mar 12, 2009 12:26 pm

Mark DoironGolden Eagle--I Agree

Mark Doiron

Voted 10/10

Yes, I agree it's a golden eagle. These are huge birds. I stumbled on one near Black Mesa, OK. It was in the middle of a stoop, grabbing a prairie dog right out of its guard position in a hole. My son and I were driving down the road when it saw us, dropping that poor little guy. Amazing sight--wish I'd been in a position to photograph it. I like yours--thanks for sharing! --mark d.
Posted Mar 12, 2009 7:13 am

SoCalHikerRe: Golden Eagle--I Agree

SoCalHiker

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Thanks Mark. Yes, they are majestic and beautiful indeed. This one circled for several minutes over the slopes obviously looking for some prey. But as far as I saw without any luck. Cheers, Guido
Posted Mar 12, 2009 12:29 pm

RayMondoWhen such birds...

RayMondo

Voted 10/10

... soar above you, one can never forget their mastery. Similar great birds in Italy.
Posted Nov 2, 2009 3:28 pm

SoCalHikerRe: When such birds...

SoCalHiker

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thanks for your vote and comment. I agree, very majestic birds indeed. Cheers.
Posted Nov 2, 2009 4:11 pm

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SoCalHikerSubmitted by SoCalHiker
on Mar 11, 2009 12:23 am

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Object Title: Golden Eagle

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