Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed
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David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Oh boy. Golden eagle ....then two of them. on 03/01/2014 17:54:18 MST Print View

Reminds me of my trips to Adak Island (Aleutian Islands). Drop a caribou and the bald eagles hear it as a dinner bell. When you're about 30 yards away from the carcass, with your meat packed up, there are dozen eagles on the carcass and the gut pile. Those were very well-fed eagles.

Katarina, What's the location? In my life I see SO many more bald than golden eagles.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Eagles on 03/01/2014 18:00:55 MST Print View

David, it's north of Santa Cruz along the coast.

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Eagles are majestic? on 03/01/2014 18:04:34 MST Print View

David,
I had the opportunity to visit Adak back in the '80s. I will never forget the dozen or so bald eagles eating out of the dumpster at the McDonalds on the base.

Kat,
Keep those pictures coming. It really makes me wonder what critters are in the hills near my house.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Eagles are majestic? on 03/01/2014 18:25:55 MST Print View

Malto: "I will never forget the dozen or so bald eagles eating out of the dumpster at the McDonalds on the base. " - Would you like fries with that? That was the western-most McD's in the world. The building is still there, albeit vacant.

Kat: I hadn't known they were on the CA coast. I think of goldens as being in open country like Denali and Montana. Cool that they've re-conolized so many places.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Eagles are majestic? on 03/01/2014 18:40:12 MST Print View

I think of goldens as being in open country like Denali and Montana.

Also Nunavut and northern Quebec. The Nunavuts winter in the driftless zones of SE MN, SW WI, NE IA and NW IL. I think the Quebecers winter in PA

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
California on 03/01/2014 18:46:14 MST Print View

I am just learning about these in the last few days. I guess they are somewhat rare around this area, but there are a few. Some locals have gotten very excited about it. I had no idea.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
A couple more from today on 03/02/2014 18:09:14 MST Print View

Eagle


Eagle

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: A couple more from today on 03/02/2014 18:15:37 MST Print View

Those are truly amazing. They look like they'd be right at home in some movie set in medieval times!

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: A couple more from today on 03/02/2014 18:25:14 MST Print View

Beautiful.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Eagles are majestic? on 03/02/2014 19:36:53 MST Print View

"I think of goldens as being in open country like Denali and Montana."

They are also fairly common in the Sierra.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Kat rocks on 03/02/2014 19:42:56 MST Print View

Kat, your photos are truly wonderful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Edited by Zia-Grill-Guy on 03/02/2014 21:26:47 MST.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re on 03/02/2014 21:29:25 MST Print View

Thanks Doug, Greg and Gary :)

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: A couple more from today on 03/02/2014 22:37:34 MST Print View

Hi Kat

Just plain amazing. Honestly.

Now, where's that article you are going to write about trail cameras? Seriously!

Cheers

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: A couple more from today on 03/03/2014 14:16:55 MST Print View

Hi Roger,
Thanks and yes, I know I am dropping the ball. I want to do a good job so I am afraid to start. But I will soon!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: A couple more from today on 03/03/2014 21:06:59 MST Print View

Hi Kat

Feel free to bounce drafts and any Qs off me. I will be happy to help.

Cheers

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 03/04/2014 09:04:45 MST Print View

Southern Miss! To The Top!!

...ok, ok... we'll take a two win season. Hell, A first down would be sufficient.





Awesome pics, Kat.


That Kestrel is beautiful, too.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Ok on 03/04/2014 09:20:34 MST Print View

Ok Roger, will do this weekend.
Jeff....I don't get it....help?

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Ok on 03/04/2014 09:30:32 MST Print View

"Jeff....I don't get it....help?"

They're the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles football team....

Edited to add: and they suck. They won their first game last year, then lost the rest. Sorry Jeff....

Edited by idester on 03/04/2014 09:32:14 MST.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Golden Eagle eating deer that mountain lion killed on 03/04/2014 09:59:41 MST Print View

Amazing shots Kat. A couple of them are really great. I really like the ones of the eagle just landing or just taking off with its wings spread. The scene in the second photo (of the second batch of photos) you posted really grabs my attention.

I've only seen a Golden Eagle up close once. It was hanging around my yard in the Santa Barbara foothills harassing a couple of red tail hawks that lived in the eucalyptus trees along the creek at the bottom of our yard.

Impressive birds, both in their size/stature and in their aggressiveness. I understand they're pretty rare around these parts although there used to be some living out on the Channel Islands National Park. Apparently they moved in on the islands after the Bald Eagle population crashed. In recent years the Goldens were captured and relocated from the islands as part of an effort to reestablish the bald eagles on the islands and support island fox repopulation efforts. The Goldens would prey on the island foxes which are about the size of small house cats.

Edited by NickB on 03/04/2014 10:00:43 MST.

Kenda Willey
(sonderlehrer)
Re: Golden Eagle on 03/04/2014 11:01:03 MST Print View

You are so lucky to have been there, and I feel so lucky to see your photos!