Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed
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Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 02/25/2014 17:50:34 MST Print View

How lucky am I....
Didn't even know until someone told me what it was.

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Edited by Kat_P on 02/26/2014 07:06:53 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 02/25/2014 17:56:04 MST Print View

You are lucky! Quite the menagerie you have up there!

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 02/25/2014 17:56:12 MST Print View

Fantastic!

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
And with some help.. on 02/25/2014 17:59:39 MST Print View

I have a bunch of pictures and about 20 videos......and when I figure out how to get the AVI format on my Mac....I will be able to see those...
Have not done my homework on that yet. I borrowed a laptop yesterday for the puma videos .

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 02/25/2014 18:08:12 MST Print View

"How lucky am I....
Didn't even know until someone told me what it was."

Damn, incredible shots!

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 02/25/2014 19:41:01 MST Print View

Great catch. Not too easy to find in the area. And from the dates we are getting them just hours later. The only thing left is for you to put up a live "nature cam" on the web.

I've seen several golden eagles in Henry Coe SP, but not too many (I think only one) in the SC mountains. The most density I ever saw was in the early fall in Big Bend NP in TX. It seemed like there was one on about every ten telephone poles. A ranger in the park later told me they in fact lived mostly on road kill in that area - which kinda briefly cut back on the romance of seeing so many huge raptors. LOL

Still, the birds themselves don't care about the artistry with which they capture their food, and probably would prefer an easy meal. Anyway, they are beautiful. To me they are pretty much the archetype of "Eagle".

Edited by millonas on 02/25/2014 20:24:25 MST.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 02/25/2014 19:42:58 MST Print View

WOW!

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
re:Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 02/25/2014 19:44:24 MST Print View

Dang, lady! Those are awesome, especially that first photo! Has National Geo called you yet???!!!

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: re:Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 02/25/2014 20:59:39 MST Print View

So amazing! I frequently see bald eagles and osprey but I've only seen a few golden eagles in my life, and one of them was on my way to GGG last month.

These pictures have been a real treat. Thanks for sharing them and keep them coming.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Osprey. Edited....Kestrel on 02/26/2014 06:14:54 MST Print View

I think I got one of those on my trailcam a while back.

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Edited by Kat_P on 02/26/2014 07:17:59 MST.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Osprey on 02/26/2014 07:09:45 MST Print View

Very cool Golden pics!

But your Osprey is a male American Kestrel. All of those are raptors though

These are Osprey: http://bit.ly/MtsoYj

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Osprey on 02/26/2014 07:11:38 MST Print View

That's right! I actually knew that after someone told me but got the names confused partly because of the packs!!!

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
re: Kestrel on 02/26/2014 09:31:50 MST Print View

The Kestrel or Sparrow Hawk is the smallest North American falcon. Also pretty colorful!

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: re: Kestrel on 02/26/2014 09:44:14 MST Print View

"The Kestrel or Sparrow Hawk is the smallest North American falcon."

While the Golden is the largest raptor in NA. Now all she has to do is fill in the gap - I give her a few weeks at this rate. :-)

I grew up in FL watching the Ospreys fish while I fished, so I was happy when I learned they had them here on the west coast. I even saw a nesting pair on the Salmon river in Idaho. I guess fish eagles, especially the Bald eagle which seems to be everywhere, really get around.

When you get into bird collecting you can get into serious obsessive territory. I wonder if anyone has claimed a "big year" record for number of species caught on a trail cams. It would probably annoy traditionalist but seem like it has to be something in the digital age. Not sure what the rules would be, but most species caught from a single fixed camera might be an interesting record. You could become famous - at least amongst bird-nerds.

Then I suppose the supper-crazed folks would "chum" for them - throw bags of bird seed in front of the trail cam on one day, and then a dead deer carcass on on another.

Edited by millonas on 02/26/2014 09:56:49 MST.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
re: Kestrel on 02/26/2014 17:46:38 MST Print View

While the Golden is the largest raptor in NA.

Maybe, maybe not.

Not everyone considers New World Vultures to be raptors but current prevailing opinion leans towards yes. Those in the yes camp will consider the California Condor the largest NA raptor ... indeed, the largest NA bird (by physical dimensions and also weight).

Either way, it is a thrill to see a golden in the wild!

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: re: Kestrel on 02/26/2014 17:48:59 MST Print View

True. And at least the condor wouldn't get dissed for eating carrion. LOL

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: re: Kestrel on 02/26/2014 19:02:04 MST Print View

"And at least the condor wouldn't get dissed for eating carrion. LOL"

True, they just say, "Carry on!"

(Groan!)

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Update on 02/26/2014 22:28:46 MST Print View

The update is that I have so much daytime video ( and pictures) of this Eagle eating and flopping about that it will take me a while to sort it out and organize it. Amazing .
I also have hours worth of the puma earring his kill for four nights now. Video and photos.

I am blessed to live in such a place.
On the other hand....tree fell on the power lines to my cabin this afternoon and I am on a little honda Generator - possibly until these storms pass and they finally get to me. I shall be turning that thing off pretty soon here :)

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Reply from GE on 02/27/2014 00:02:02 MST Print View

The Golden Eagle stopped by this afternoon and I showed him your most recent post. While he doesn't mind the attention he said to tell you that while he, a majestic Golden Eagle, may occasionally go slumming at a pre-killed meal, that majestic Golden Eagles NEVER "flop about", and that he has no idea what you are talking about. He seemed kind of embarrassed.

Edited by millonas on 02/27/2014 00:04:42 MST.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Oh boy. Golden eagle ....then two of them. on 03/01/2014 17:46:14 MST Print View

I have 4022 ( not a typo) pictures of the eagle(s) over two days. New ones.
I watched them as time lapse and it was amazing. Here are a few and I did manipulate the color a bit because my camera gave it all a green tint. Some seem not to match so well, sorry about that. It will take me a long time to sort all of them and do something with them.
The camera was wet....
These pictures may look similar, but so much of that ripping and tearing went on. Notice in the second to last picture the other eagle on the tree.

But for now, in no particular order.


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Edited by Kat_P on 03/01/2014 17:49:23 MST.