Almost – Golden Eagle in flight

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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.



  1. Matt April 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Striking photo, Mia!

    • Mia McPherson April 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you Matt, I’ll keep trying with this species.

  2. Susan April 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    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. Seagullsteve April 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    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!

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      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. Bob Zeller April 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    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. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Bob, I will keep trying for the shots I want of Golden Eagles. They aren’t easy to locate and don’t seem to follow a daily pattern.

  5. Julie G. April 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    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!

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks very much for your comment Julie.

  6. Carol Mattingly April 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Carol, I hope you get to see one soon too. They are impressive raptors.

  7. judy watson April 3, 2012 at 6:18 am

    wow, Mia!!

  8. Julie Brown April 3, 2012 at 4:35 am

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

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks Julie, I tried again today but the two Goldens I saw weren’t close enough to photograph.

  9. Dan Huber April 3, 2012 at 4:19 am

    A wonderful capture nonetheless – your almosts are fantastic

    • Mia McPherson April 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you Dan, you are very kind.

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