Tuesday, May 5

Golden Eagle at Cim D'Aligues, Barcelona

Golden Eagle at Cim D'Aligues, near Barcelona [enlarge]

This is a young Golden Eagle or Aquila chrysaetos if my research on the web is not wrong. The purpose of my blog is not to offer accurate taxonomy or deepen into the biology of any given animal I happen to photograph although being concise does not mean to say: "this a bird!". The eagle is one of the many species of birds of prey that can be admired at Cim d'Aligues, a special center on the hills of Sant Feliu de Codines near Barcelona. There is an old post with a link and some further explanation about the place. If you have time try to reach this town. There is a magnificent view of the valley once you are inside the aviary. During the day there is a show where trained vultures, owls, hawks or eagles are released and claimed with bait using falconry techniques. You can admire them gliding over the valley. They take some time to return but eventually they are all back.

Note: Members of Cim d'Àligues' page on Facebook have made this important clarification: 'It's not a golden eagle, it's a young Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)'. Thanks so much for correcting my mistake! 

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Blogger Lydia said...

Saying "This is a bird" would probably be ok when the bird photo is this spectacular! The detail is amazing, and you can see the power of the Golden Eagle in its eyes. I love this......yet another post making me long to someday see your part of the world.
Are you doing something nice for your wife on Mother's Day? Or maybe it isn't celebrated as such a huge event as it is here....

11:23 PM  
Blogger Carlos Lorenzo said...

Oh thanks Lydia. Mother's day was last Sunday here in Spain. We, well my daughter gave her some nice perfume, I helped choosing :)

11:30 PM  
Blogger Babooshka said...

This is an amazing image, so detailed.

12:19 AM  
Blogger cieldequimper said...

Carlos that's gorgeous!

9:56 PM  
Blogger Carlos Lorenzo said...

-Thanks Babooshka
-Merci beaucoup Ciel :)

11:21 PM  
Blogger Di Mackey said...

I recently photographed owls here in Belgium and in some of my favourite photographs, the owls have dead baby chickens in their beaks or claws ...

I haven't felt that all of my readership could deal with this ;)

11:36 PM  
Blogger Carlos Lorenzo said...

Probably not. The sight of dead creatures might generate some uneasiness. Maybe we are more positive towards dead mice than to chicken. Human nature :)

1:35 AM  
Blogger Kcalpesh said...

That's a very nice shot. I'm seeing a golden eagle for the first time, even though in a picture! Thanks for sharing!

9:37 AM  

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