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Golden eagle - Aquila chrysaetos This is a wonderful majestic bird. It was worth the wait in the cold weather in the hide to take pictures of this magnificent bird. Accipitridae,Accipitriformes,Animal,Animalia,Aquila chrysaetos,Aves,Bird,Bird of prey,Bulgaria,Chordata,Europe,Geotagged,Golden Eagle,Golden eagle,Nature,Rhodope mountains,Wildlife,Winter Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Well, that was nice, just liked it on Twitter hoping you'd post it here, but it already is here. Great!
    How long did you have to wait?
    Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy!
      I was 2 days in the hide. There were chances for Golden eagle, White-tailed eagle, Griffon vultures, Wolves, Golden jackals. The first day on Golden jackal appeared just for a short walk around, only for a minute or two and disappeared. In the evening, just before sunset, a Golden Eagle appeared to try on the bait we had set. We had set two types of baits - for eagles and for vultures. The first day the vultures didn't come. We hoped for the next day, but at night we were awakened by growling, screaming and fighting. A pack of about 7-8 wolves pulled away and ate the entire amount of carcass destined for the vultures. We only saw some vague silhouettes. No photo opportunity!!!
      The next morning another Golden eagle visited the place. So finally only two species.
      Posted 5 months ago
      1. Interesting. I wonder if a camera night trap may be an idea to put near the bait? Posted 5 months ago
        1. Yes, such an option is being considered. Also to install two powerful lamps, whose power can be adjusted by a rheostat. They must be switched on at minimum power during the night for a longer period to allow the animals to accustom them and, in case of an action, slowly increase the power until they reach a suitable level for shooting without frightening the animals. Posted 5 months ago
          1. Would be curious about results, there's often so much more wildlife compared to what we actually get to see. Posted 5 months ago
  2. Superb work Jivko. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thank you, Mark! Posted 4 months ago
  3. Nice find and a great shot Jivko Posted 4 months ago

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The Golden Eagle 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,.. more

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Uploaded Feb 4, 2020. Captured Feb 2, 2020 09:03 in 6929, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • f/5.6
  • 1/320s
  • ISO1000
  • 560mm