Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

In the UK this species is almost confined to Scotland, the exceptions being birds at a single site in the Lake District and the occasional record in Yorkshire and elsewhere in northern England. The species does not occur in Norfolk.

The first set of photos below show two birds that appeared within a few seconds of each other in Corsica - one provided a fantastic spectacle as it grappled with a Lammergeier and then as they went off the other came into view, grappling with a Common Buzzard.

Lammergeier with Golden Eagle, between Calacuccia and Castirla (Corsica, France), 16th April 2008

 

 

Golden Eagle (with Raven), Gabardito (Aragón, Spain), 19th May 2013

 

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Golden Eagle (with arrigonii Buzzard), between Calacuccia and Castirla (Corsica, France), 16th April 2008

 

 

Golden Eagles, Laxford Bridge (Highland, UK), 26th February 2012

 

The following photos were taken in North America and presumably therefore relate to the race canadensis, slightly smaller and darker than the nominate race chrysaetos which occurs in Europe and with less golden nape feathers.

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North American Golden Eagle, race canadensis, Kelso Creek Road (California, USA), 6th May 2005