Almost – Golden Eagle in flight

Golden Eagle in flightGolden Eagle in flight – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/400, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm with 1.4x TC at 285mm, natural light, not baited

Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) have thus far been a nemesis bird for me and when I spotted one yesterday I thought I might finally get the shots I have long wanted.  When the huge raptor flew closer I thought there was a strong possibility.

If the eagle had flown the other way the light would have been better on the face and the underside of the bird would have been brighter too.

I love the pose, the spread wings, the eye contact and the simple, unobtrusive background.

It is still just “Almost”.

I’ll keep trying though.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Striking photo, Mia!

  2. Awesome photo, I’ve only ever seen these beauties at the distance through my binos. I’m hoping to get a photo some day too.

  3. Is this a leucistic bird? I’ve never seen a Golden with such extensive white on the underparts and underwing, or even a picture of one. Cool find, still a great shot!

    • Thanks Steve. I wondered about the whites on this bird, I am not sure if it is leucistic or if that was an effect of the light. I hope to see and photograph it again and perhaps then I will have a better idea about that.

  4. Yes, you “almost made it”, but at least you had the opportunity. I have the same problem with a Northern Harrier, except I haven’t published my “almosts”. :-) You have a pretty darned good shot, anyway. :-)

  5. I have never seen a Golden Eagle in person so it’s especially nice to view this fabulous photograph. Sensational capture of a most striking raptor!

  6. It’s beautiful in my book Mia. Wished I could see one some time soon. Carol

  7. Mia, your “almost” is “nailed it!” for most people, but I love your high standards.

  8. A wonderful capture nonetheless – your almosts are fantastic

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