I have had so many opportunities with Golden Eagles and each time something goes wrong.
The bird takes flight before I can raise my lens.
The bird is too far away.
The bird is sitting on the ugliest manmade perch ever and doesn’t fly even after a half an hour of sitting in a vehicle along side what can be very busy country roads.
I don’t see the Golden Eagle soon enough and it flies over my head before I know it and all I see is its shadow.
I’ve seen great action between a Golden Eagle and two Common Ravens fighting over a kill but couldn’t stop because of too much road traffic.
One of the biggest reasons I miss “Golden” opportunities with these eagles is that I most often find them in the worst lighting conditions where they are strongly backlit because I am facing into the sun.
Or I get a great pose, the light isn’t bad… and the bird is facing away. (see above)
Maybe one time I will find a Golden Eagle in sweet light, a fantastic pose with great eye contact.
(This Golden Eagle was photographed in February in Box Elder County, Utah)