I have better photos of a Golden Eagle than this one, but I like the way it tells a story. I have been reading a book on the North American prairie called “Prairie Dog Empire“. In that book, the author talks about all of the species that inhabit grasslands. Prairie Dogs (obviously), Bison, Badgers, Pronghorn, etc. But somehow, the Golden Eagle surprised me a little.
I generally relate eagles to areas of water. Probably because I see so many pictures of Bald Eagles catching fish and flying around wooded areas. However, the larger Golden Eagles almost exclusively hang out in open areas of prairie. That’s why I chose this photo. You can still see that it’s a Golden Eagle by the tan/gold cape and it also shows the openness of the prairie contrasted by the clear blue sky’s.
These are magnificent birds who have made a comeback in their numbers. In the mid-1900’s, in an effort to rid the grasslands of Prairie Dogs and Coyotes, humans poisoned hundreds of thousands of acres. Many times, the poison they used ended up in raptors bodies causing them to die as well. Since that time, regulations have been put into place to minimize this secondary poisoning and numbers seem to be on the rise. This is great! I would be a shame to not see these iconic birds cruising the wide open spaces of the American West.