A Golden Eagle Giving Me the “Eagle-Eye”
- Being Human
- Being Outside
- Boston Globe
- Earth and Sky
- Photography and Optics
- What's This?
GOOD THING I’m not a jackrabbit or a gopher. Although they are capable of taking larger prey — including bighorn sheep, coyotes, or Sandhill Cranes — Golden Eagles specialize in small and medium-sized mammals.
Golden Eagles also begin courtship here in the American Southwest this time of year, which usually involves aerial displays, vocalization, and stick carrying. Hoping to see this bird again, I’m now carrying sticks. (Click on the image for a slightly bigger view.)
I’ve seen online videos of Golden Eagles used to kill wolves in Mongolia or some place like that. That’s one tough bird! So sizing up a human as prey might not be beyond possible but it was probably just taking note.
Oh, of course, just taking note.
Thanks. Can’t go wrong with a Golden Eagle!
Having him stare you down is a bonus! 🙂
the things we do for love…
I’d even kill a black-tailed jackrabbit and do a food exchange!
I am enjoying a morning chuckle as I truly can envision you running briskly with an armload of sticks for this guy (girl?)
Hard so say. Might be a guy. Seemed smallish.