Adult Golden Eagle Perched and in Flight

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A Golden Eagle adult perched on huge bouldersAdult Golden Eagle perched on huge boulders – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I’m back from my trip to southern Utah and it wasn’t as successful as most of my bird photography trips are for various reasons, I believe the most pertinent is heading down south a bit too early in the year. Bird photography isn’t always easy though and that is a simple fact.

I was able to get a few images of a Golden Eagle yesterday morning as it perched on some huge, ancient boulders in early morning light.  The size of the boulders made the Golden Eagle look small in comparison and they are very large birds.

Adult Golden Eagle in flight over ancient bouldersAdult Golden Eagle in flight over ancient boulders – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I also was able to get a series of images of the Golden Eagle as it lifted off and flew over those ancient boulders. I do wish the eagle’s head was turned a bit more towards me for better eye contact but when it comes to Golden Eagles, a nemesis bird for me, I’ll take images of them whenever I have the opportunity, each and every time.

Life is good.




  1. Elephant's Child March 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Oh. Wow. And repeat.

  2. Patty Chadwick March 5, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Raptor royalty….and you and Ron got to see one!!! I am excited and jealous! There’s nothing like them…I like to see the baldies, but it’s the Goldens are the most exciting for me….that refined head and body, the subtle colors, the huge wings, beak and talons, even the sounds they make…just looking at those muscular legs and wide spread wings screams of amazing strength and power….WOW!!!

  3. Liz Cormack March 5, 2016 at 8:10 am

    What a gorgeous bird….so majestic. A trip with a Golden Eagle in it would be successful for me.

  4. dave sparks March 5, 2016 at 7:22 am

    My reaction is similar to the comment of Lois Bryan. I’ve only seen Golden Eagles a few times and still waiting for a keeper photo of this species. My threshold for keeper is very low at this point. Sorry your trip was not more successful.

  5. Lois Bryan March 5, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I just visited Ron and I’ll tell you what I told him … these are awesome. Much happy dancing will ensue if I ever get a shot at one of these guys. When I visit Conowingo, there’s always that split second when I think I’ve got a golden in my sights, but so far, it’s always turned out to be a juvenile Baldie. Still, hope springs eternal!!!! Glorious capture … love those magnificent wings pointing up to heaven!!!! And love the colors!! Well done, girlie!!!!

  6. Bob McPherson March 5, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Beautiful images Mia of a Majestic Bird.

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