Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2004
Golden Eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos) was photographed in Sonoma
County . These birds are found in mountainous areas as well as open lands.
They hunt mostly mammals and birds often in spectacular stoops from the
air. They are related to the buteos but much larger, weighing up to 10
lbs. Their name derives from the golden nape prominent on the back of
the neck. They can be mistaken for Turkey
Vultures but are much larger and more solid in their flight, as opposed
to the Turkey Vultures whose flight is characterized by a rocking from
side to side. Golden Eagles can often be found in a kettle gaining altitude
with Turkey Vultures.
This Golden Eagle has stooped upon and killed
a Great Egret,
while being mobbed by Red-winged
The Golden Eagle now takes its meal off into
a nearby field to cache still being mobbed by red-winged black birds.
This was one of two adult Golden Eagles that had nested nearby and produced