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eagle faceA friend of mine, Bob Pelham, took these wonderful pictures of the Golden Eagle in New Mexico.  I wanted to know more about this power and gorgeous looking bird.  This is what I found…..

This is North America’s largest bird of prey and the national bird of Mexico. They are dark brown, with lighter golden-brown plumage on their heads and necks. They are extremely swift, and can dive upon their quarry at speeds of more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) per hour.

Basic facts: They are carnivores, live an average of 30 years, 33-38 inches in size with a wingspan 6-8 feet.  They weight from 6-15 pounds.

Man and eagle

Golden eagles use their speed and sharp talons to snatch up rabbits, marmots, and ground squirrels. They also eat carrion, reptiles, birds, fish, and smaller fare such as large insects. They have even been known to attack full grown deer, sheep and other farm animals. In the 1950’s ranchers killed as many as 20,000 of these birds for fear that they would prey on their livestock, but studies showed that the animal’s impact was minimal. Today, golden eagles have been protected by law since 1963.

Golden eagle pair up so they can maintain territories as large as 60 square miles. They are monogamous and may remain with their mate for several years or possibly for life. Golden eagles nest in high places including cliffs, trees, or human structures such as telephone poles. They build huge nests and may return to that nest for several breeding years. Females lay from one to four eggs, and both parents incubate them for 40 to 45 days. Typically, one or two young survive the first three months of life.

These majestic birds can be found from Mexico through much of western North America as far north as Alaska.  You can find them in the east but it’s rare. Golden eagles are also found in Asia, northern Africa, and Europe.

Some golden eagles migrate, others do not—depending on the conditions of their geographic location. Alaskan and Canadian eagles typically fly south in the fall, for example, while birds that live in the western continental U.S. tend to remain in their ranges year-round.

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