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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yatsek - Mar 11, 2009 7:11 am - Voted 10/10

Good Luck

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.


SoCalHiker - Mar 11, 2009 12:15 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Good Luck

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


johnmnichols - Mar 11, 2009 8:08 am - Hasn't voted

You are right

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.


SoCalHiker - Mar 11, 2009 12:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: You are right

Thanks. Yes, I am pretty sure now that it is a Golden Eagle. Cheers, Guido

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Mar 11, 2009 9:19 am - Voted 10/10

What a bird,

what a photo!


SoCalHiker - Mar 11, 2009 12:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: What a bird,

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


SoCalHiker - Mar 11, 2009 2:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice!

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.


lcarreau - Mar 12, 2009 12:33 am - 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.


SoCalHiker - Mar 12, 2009 12:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Congratulations

Thanks Larry. I was lucky this time that I had my camera with me. Cheers. Guido

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Mar 12, 2009 7:13 am - Voted 10/10

Golden Eagle--I Agree

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.


SoCalHiker - Mar 12, 2009 12:29 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Golden Eagle--I Agree

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


RayMondo - Nov 2, 2009 3:28 pm - Voted 10/10

When such birds...

... soar above you, one can never forget their mastery. Similar great birds in Italy.


SoCalHiker - Nov 2, 2009 4:11 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: When such birds...

thanks for your vote and comment. I agree, very majestic birds indeed. Cheers.

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