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Golden Eagle

Observed: 6th January 2013 By: neilblackneilblack’s reputation in Birdsneilblack’s reputation in Birdsneilblack’s reputation in Birds
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
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DavidHowdon's picture

Happy to believe you

but with only those pictures as evidence I am not sure I will be able to agree the ID above.

trevindevon's picture


It certainly looks like an eagle and I think the tail length would suggest Golden rather than Sea Eagle. Im not sure if there are Sea Eagles in the Cairngorms. No coloration in the pics unfortunately.

Mydaea's picture

This is not a sea eagle, but

This is not a sea eagle, but I am not sure it is an eagle at all from the first picture. There is a definite golden eagle at for comparison.

David Jardine's picture

Tricky first photo, but instructive

I agree the wing shapes are not correct for White-tailed Eagle (which do occur in the Cairngorms (particularly young birds in winter)) - the second and third silhouette photos look fine for Golden Eagle. The first can easily be a Golden Eagle if you consider that the tail was being held upwards thus fore-shortening its length.....the problems of looking at raptors in photos and not in the field.....instructive. Thanks.