adult showing golden mane (California, USA; 2007-11-23)

Golden Eagle
Aquila chrysaetus

Native Range: North America, Middle America, Eurasia

Notes: a large dark raptor that soars on flat wings and favors remote landscapes such as mountains and grasslands; hunts small mammals; sometimes does spectacular dives when hunting or courting.

level-winged flight (Montana, USA; 2006-03-23)

eating pocket gopher (California, USA; 2007-11-23)

dorsal view; white rump (California, USA; 2007-11-23)

acting regal (California, USA; 2007-11-23)

posing for a head portrait (Zoo; 2012-10-09)

posing even more (Zoo; 2012-10-09)