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+

golden eagle    (photo by grguy) Saw one of these while running the dogs today

golden eagle (photo by grguy) Saw one of these while running the dogs today

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 : )

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.

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.  SAMUEL SMILES

Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles. SAMUEL SMILES

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