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Pinedale Online > News > January 2009 > Golden eagle winter

WingOut. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
This golden eagle uses its wings for balance as it walks across a carcass.
Golden eagle winter
by Cat Urbigkit
January 7, 2009

Golden eagles from more northern regions have migrated into
Wyoming for the winter, joining up with some resident birds
that do not leave the area. These birds of prey are attracted to carcasses of big game animals hit by vehicles on Sublette County roads and highways.

A pronghorn antelope buck carcass along Highway 351 attracted seven eagles Wednesday morning, including this golden that refused to give up the carcass, despite the presence of this photographer.

Claiming. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The outstretched wing is an aggressive posture demonstrating the bird's claiming of the carcass.

Balance. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
This time, the wings are outstretched for balance as the bird moves around on the carcass.

Pull. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The eagle pulls back on the hide to get to the meat.

Not birds of a feather. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Not birds of a feather
Magpies benefit from letting eagles open up carcasses, allowing the smaller beaked birds access to scavenging on their food sources.

On the Wing. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
On the Wing
Look at how small the magpie's outstretched wings are compared to the golden eagle's wings.

Booted. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
This pose demonstrates why goldens are called booted eagles.
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