Golden Eagle

jamross65

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#1
I know it's not stalking but it is a bird we often see when out chasing deer and the one that always seems to start the debate, 'is that a golden eagle or a buzzard???!!!' Many may not have had the chance to see these birds up as close as this. This is my friends bird and the photos were taken on a day out hunting blue hares earlier this year. DSC_0962.jpg DSC_0985.jpg DSC_0966.jpg DSC_0971.jpg DSC_1005.jpg DSC_1036.jpg
 

jamross65

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#4
Those are wonderful - I hope to catch sight of the Golden Eagle again when I am up in Sutherland this month.
If your ever up in the borders around Lauder area and it can tie in with a day we are out hunting with them on hares, you'd be welcome to join us to get some photos. As you can imagine an awful lot get binned but you occasionally get one or two worth keeping and such an opportunity doesn't arise very often!
 

jamross65

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#7
Wonderful photos Brian, you're a lucky man.

John
Thanks John and I know I am. I have been lucky to get out with Neil with most of the birds he trains and hunts with (he is dedicated to training these birds to the point of obsession!). Goshawks, peregrines etc. But the Golden Eagle still has me in awe! The power of them and that look of absolute majesty in their eyes is overwhelming when up close. Plus of course it is a bird synonymous with Scotland! LOL

He had a golden he hunted with before putting it into a breeding programme. He keeps detailed records of all his birds success's when hunting, That particular bird from memory was on over 800 kills (I think). He had a peregrine on a similar tally on partridge and grouse before it was sadly killed. You can't get a bird that good without knowing a)what your doing, and b)dedicating thousands of hours to training and flying them.
 
#9
If your ever up in the borders around Lauder area and it can tie in with a day we are out hunting with them on hares, you'd be welcome to join us to get some photos. As you can imagine an awful lot get binned but you occasionally get one or two worth keeping and such an opportunity doesn't arise very often!
I'd love to do that - I've hunted with Harris Hawks but I'm sure that's nothing like seeing a Golden Eagle in action.

Sadly I am all too familiar with the small proportion of keepers to photos taken. Thank heavens for digital, as otherwise I don't think I could afford to have photography as a hobby!
 

jamross65

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#10
I'd love to do that - I've hunted with Harris Hawks but I'm sure that's nothing like seeing a Golden Eagle in action.

Sadly I am all too familiar with the small proportion of keepers to photos taken. Thank heavens for digital, as otherwise I don't think I could afford to have photography as a hobby!
LOL, very true!!!!
 

scoie

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#13
beautiful pictures of a majestic animal, my kids are now all tucked up but first thing tomorrow they will all be looking at these , thanks for sharing. We have an abundance of buzzards here , and they get the rabbits I don't use but these are truly special birds and would love to see them in heir natural environment
rgds
craig
 

Co1

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#14
Awesome pics, thanks for sharing. Only ever seen goldens on the west coast of scotland or in the Alps. Having said that, seen loads of buzzards in the borders so perhaps a few were goldens!!
 

Dave L

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#17
Stunning. Never seen one in the wild. Would love to see one in its natural habitat with a beautiful highland back drop. Thaks for posting.
 

SJF

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#18
Such beautiful birds. It is amazing to see these things in action in real life. It's not hard to see why there are such successful hunters. Thanks for pictures
 

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