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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle
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Copyright: Akif Aykurt (Raptorman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 649 W: 11 N: 1065] (10388)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 10:38
Viewed: 3738
Points: 14
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Lat : Aquila chrysaetos homeyeri *
Tur : Kaya kartalı , Altın kartal

** The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the best known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. Once widespread across the Holarctic, it has disappeared from many of the more heavily populated areas. Despite being extirpated from some its former range or uncommon, the species is still fairly ubiquitous, being present in Eurasia, North America, and parts of Africa. The highest density of nesting Golden Eagles in the world lies in southern Alameda County, California. These birds are dark brown, with lighter golden-brown plumage on their heads and necks.

Golden Eagles use their agility and speed combined with extremely powerful talons to snatch up prey including rabbits, marmots, ground squirrels, and large mammals such as fox, wild and domestic cats, mountain goats, ibex, and young deer. They will also eat carrion if prey is scarce, as well as reptiles. Birds, including large species up to the size of swans and cranes as well as ravens and Greater Black-backed Gulls have all been recorded as prey. They have even been known to attack and kill fully grown roe deer. The Eurasian subspecies are used to hunt and kill wolves in many native communities, where their status is regarded with great mystic reverence.

Golden Eagles maintain territories that may be as large as 155 square kilometres (60 square miles). They are monogamous and may remain together for several years or possibly for life. Golden Eagles nest in high places including cliffs, trees, or human structures such as telephone poles. They build huge nests to which they may return for several breeding years. Females lay from one to four eggs, and both parents incubate them for 40 to 45 days. Typically, one or two young survive to fledge in about three months.

* Subspecies and distributionThere are six extant subspecies of Golden Eagle that differ slightly in size and plumage.

Aquila c. chrysaetos (Linnaeus, 1758) – The nominate subspecies. Eurasia except Iberian peninsula, east to western Siberia.
Aquila chrysaetos canadensis (Linnaeus, 1758) – North America.
Aquila chrysaetos kamtschatica Severtzov, 1888 – Eastern Siberia, from the Altay to the Kamchatka Peninsula. Often included in A. c. canadensis.
Aquila chrysaetos daphanea Severtzov, 1888 – Southern Kazakhstan east to Manchuria and south-west China, also northern Pakistan, Kashmir and western India.
Aquila chrysaetos homeryi Severtzov, 1888 – Iberian peninsula and North Africa, east to Turkey and Iran.
Aquila chrysaetos japonica Severtzov, 1888 – Japan and Korea.

** From Wikipedia

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Hello Akif,
Another one of your stunning photos. Beautiful eye contact. Interesting notes. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-20 11:11]

Hello Akif,
Impressive photo of this majestic Golden Eagle. Beautiful light and colours, good sharpness. Nice eye contact and DOF. Only .... these dead chickens, garbage I think!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2011-01-20 11:48]

merhaba akif bey
bu güzel karelerinizi de sizi de özledim doğrusu...
bakışı güzel yakalamışsınız
elinize sağlık

Akif muhteşem. Yerdekiler avları mı? Harika bir kare olmuş. Ellerine sağlık.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-20 17:49]

Hello Akif
Excellent capture with good POV.Your image as ususal is sharp whit excellent detail,I love your subject pose.Interesting text also
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