Zenfolio | Dave Waddell's Photography | Juvenile Golden Eagle: Defensive Behavior

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Johnson's Golden Eagle

Here we have defensive/warning behavior by this young juvenile Golden Eagle. The Eagle was under observation for some time by gulls but the Eagle knew they were no threat to him so he took no action and continued soaring peacefully. However when approached by a mature bird of prey such as this lovely Red-Tailed Hawk it was a very different story. The Golden Eagle rolled over and showed the Red-Tailed Hawk what his talons looked like. The message was unmistakeable and the Red-Tail immediately left the area.

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Keywords:Excellent Fisher, Juvenile Golden Eagle, King of the Raptors, Large Bird of Prey, Master of Flight and Soaring, scavenger, very powerful legs and grasp