The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is togeher with the peregrine falcon one of the two fastest birds and animals in the world. Wingspan 1.80 - 2.80 m.  When diving for prey it can reach 240 - 320 km/h (150 - 200 mph)    - via Robert SKREINER's photo on Google+

The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is togeher with the peregrine falcon one of the two fastest birds and animals in the world. Wingspan 1.80 - 2.80 m. When diving for prey it can reach 240 - 320 km/h (150 - 200 mph) - via Robert SKREINER's photo on Google+

"Eagle Catches its Prey".  Notice the absolute and unwavering fixation of this…

"Eagle Catches its Prey". Notice the absolute and unwavering fixation of this…

The Golden Eagle... The Golden Eagle is one of the best-known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the most widely distributed species of eagle. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae.

The Golden Eagle... The Golden Eagle is one of the best-known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the most widely distributed species of eagle. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae.

The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconers. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter, may well be the country's only apprentice huntress.

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia

The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconers. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter, may well be the country's only apprentice huntress.

Golden Eagle: I met this guy as a child when, from the kitchen window, I saw his shadow pass over our house. He landed in a nearby tree and was so big I was afraid he could pick me up and carry me away. He had this same look on his face : )

Golden Eagle: I met this guy as a child when, from the kitchen window, I saw his shadow pass over our house. He landed in a nearby tree and was so big I was afraid he could pick me up and carry me away. He had this same look on his face : )

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