The Bay Area is home for a decent number of golden eagles. Featuring flight shots of the eagles and some of the other characters which inhabit the same country. This round includes some close ups of other predatory adversaries known to be here. Fall and winter is an excellent time to view eagles and others in the lower hills and meadows.
These are some of the tendencies I have have noticed over the years about the golden eagle;
Many people never get a close look at the golden. These birds are shy, never curious, and make it a point to keep at great distances from people. They prefer remote mountain or foothill areas, open grass lands, and edges of forested areas. Having said that, There are times when I have seen them over cities and highways. These are rare occasions in comparison to most other raptors.
These large raptors require a lot of open country to hunt, giving them the ability to cut down prey unable to get into high brush or forested structure for cover. They are formidable fliers for their size, and are tough ground fighters, at times running short distances to complete take downs.
What gives the golden away when identifying them in the field is their sheer size and the slow wing beats when in flight. Usually, unlike the vultures, eagles are steady in flight, many times on flat wings, not the visual "V"shape in air the vultures display. If you get close there is little doubt.
|Golden eagle in Byron|
|Bobcat @ Los Vaqueros Watershed|
|Ferruginous Hawk east CC County|
|Golden Eagle Diablo Range|
|Black Tail Buck @ Los Vaqueros Watershed|
|Red Fox Eastern CC County|
|Female Osprey @ Los Vaqueros Watershed|
|Male Northern Harrier eastern CC County|
|Ferruginous Hawk N/O Bethel Island|