Barcelona Photoblog: Eastern Imperial Eagle at Cim D'Aligues, Barcelona

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Eastern Imperial Eagle at Cim D'Aligues, Barcelona

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila Heliaca at Cim D'Aligues, near Barcelona

This is a young Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca). 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 saying: "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 Cim d'Aligues (Eagles' Peak). 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 your head and exploring the neighboring lower areas. They take some time to return but eventually they are all back.


  1. 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....

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

  3. This is an amazing image, so detailed.

  4. Carlos that's gorgeous!

  5. -Thanks Babooshka
    -Merci beaucoup Ciel :)

  6. 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 ;)

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

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


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