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Old 12-27-2009, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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From what I hear (read: I never saw any when I was there, although I did see a juvenile bald eagle eating road kill one day, lol), they're in the southern part of the state. They like it high up in the mountains. They're a lot more shy than bald eagles, which are glorified seagulls if you ask me.

They're bigger, and distinctly golden brown, than bald eagles, which are blackish looking. You can distinguish them from vultures (buzzards) when flying because vultures will tip their wings left and right trying to catch the wind currents.
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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My nearest neighbors run the Three Rivers Avian Rescue. They have a Golden Eagle that was unable to be released due to an injury. What a magnificent bird! They have him in an enclosure where he can spread his wings and glide- it's an impressive sight. We also have Bald Eagles nesting at the bottom of the mountain. Back in the day, I did flights up to DC on a regular basis. Always had to be on the look out for Eagles... they can take you out of the sky, either by coming through the canopy or going down an intake.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:25 PM
 
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HB, we had a 'science day' at the refuge, and the avian rescue was there. I have a fantastic photo (somewhere) of the golden eagle on someone's arm, silhouetted against the sky, wings spread wide. It's quite a bird, for sure.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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HB, we had a 'science day' at the refuge, and the avian rescue was there. I have a fantastic photo (somewhere) of the golden eagle on someone's arm, silhouetted against the sky, wings spread wide. It's quite a bird, for sure.
Wow! The eagles name is Spirit, it was either on Ron or Wendys arm, as they're the only ones to handle it. What refuge were you at?
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Old 12-31-2009, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

It's quite a pretty bird, and they were great people. Although I asked a really dumb question (some biologist I am!) because I was too busy taking pictures and documenting stuff for the office to pay attention to what they were talking about. D'oh!
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