Wow, that picture sure is unmistakable. Congratulations!
On 3/11/2012 9:10 PM, Eric Hynes wrote:
> Hello Vermont Birders:
> As a follow-up to my earlier post, I wanted to share some details and a
> photo of the Golden Eagle in Charlotte today.
> I had just left Charlotte Town Beach at 12:30 p.m. and was headed back to
> South Burlington. Not long after turning north onto Greenbush Road, I
> spotted a pair of Canada Geese frantically taking off out of a field on the
> east side. A third bird remained in the field and looked large.
> Suspecting a Bald Eagle, I pulled over and got bins on the bird. It was
> indeed an eagle but I was pleasantly surprised to see a smaller bill and
> golden hackles.
> The Golden Eagle (GE) rose up out of the field and started circling up in
> the south wind as I was fumbling for my camera. The GE was an immature
> showing extensive white in the base of the primaries during a ventral view
> and a white basal half to the tail during a dorsal view. Given how
> conspicuous the carpal bars were on this individual, I do not think it was
> a juvenile (SY) bird.
> It did not take long for the local crows, ravens and Red-taileds to notice
> the hulking predator and escort it out of their neck of the woods. The GE
> made rapid progress heading north and I lost sight of it beyond Bostwick
> Never close, the best image I managed to capture of the Golden Eagle is now
> up on my Flickr site at:
> Good birding,
> Eric Hynes
> South Burlington
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