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    I had a golden eagle prowling around this last weekend, had to lock the cats up inside to remove temptation. Maybe they are common in your region but they are a rare treat for me to see.The eagle was welcome to all the rabbits and squirrels he wanted but I feared for my dogs and cats. My place has a mix of forest and open terrain so i get more visits from residant red-tail hawks and falcons that can flit throughout the trees, and the occasional migratory bald eagle. I always thought the golden eagle was an impressive open space hunter much better suited for a national symbol than the bald eagle. The bald eagle's scavenging and fish eating nature is less noble or macho that the larger golden who aggressively hunts terrestrial mammals up to deer sizes.
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    Interesting that very continent short of antarctica has golden eagles or a close relative filling the same ecological niche, that of top air-borne predator. Their 3 inch talons are impressive.
    P.S. - These are not my pictures, just "borrowed" from Google Images.
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    Eagle was back yesterday. As I was approaching my truck his large shadow passed right by me, he was very big and very low. Silently slope soaring past me he glided away as I stood dumbfounded at the size of his/her shadow receeding into the distance. That is one big wingspan. Glad I was't a rabbit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Eagle was back yesterday. As I was approaching my truck his large shadow passed right by me, he was very big and very low. Silently slope soaring past me he glided away as I stood dumbfounded at the size of his/her shadow receeding into the distance. That is one big wingspan. Glad I was't a rabbit.
    You need to keep a camera handy for a few days so you can take a picture of it! I have never seen one but am still in awe of the bald eagles that have returned to upstate NY. Majestic.


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    i've spent many an hour watching goldens fly over the golden state, i too am in awe of them. few years ago, while backpacking in the yolla bolly wilderness off of hwy 36, i came upon one no more than 20' away.... let me tell you the glare could turn you to stone.
    beautiful.

    i always read ben franklin wanted the wild turkey for a national emblem and argued against the baldy for the same reasons you stated. can't say i'd agree though.
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    Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles are quite common in the wilderness back country in the Highlands of Cape Breton here in Nova Scotia. They are especially abundant during the annual fall moose hunt and can be seen gathered while feeding on the gut piles.
    Amazing creatures and certainly a sight to behold.
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    The way our government acts at times perhaps Ben Franklin's turkey would not have been a bad choice.
    The camera is a good idea, I tried photographing the Golden as she explored on foot accross the canyon but she blended in so well with the terrain that the image was worthless. I decided bird might likely be a female since girl raptors tend to be larger but I am only guessing.
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    What a sight it must be! I hope you're able to get some pics Fred!

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    Not sure what kind of eagle but this is an amazing video.
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    That was awesome!!!! Where do you guy's find the time to locate these vid's? Oh well, I am glad you find them and share them with us! Thanks.



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    I see 'em pretty regular out East of Pozo in California Valley on Hwy 58. Might be a worthwhile
    detour as you make it to the "Russ fest". 58 is a slow 'en though but very little traffic. I'm headn that way tomorrow
    on my way back from Babylon (LA) Taking the dual sport path from 166 to 58 as part of my goal to avoid freeways
    on the BMW. Last time I stopped at the "condor center" none seen that trip by what a sight when you do that there is a big bird.
    In my book Turkeys are way cooler than Raptors. Taste better too.
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