The Golden Eagle is majestic. With a wingspan that can reach up to 7 ½ ft. the Golden Eagle is remarkably large. They have severely long, sharp talons designed to be deadly. Golden Eagles hunt with a prowess unmatched, often inspiring admiration and fear in onlookers. Their diets consist mainly of small mammals like hares, jackrabbits, gophers and other ground mammals. However, they have also been seen taking down larger animals such as livestock, deer, badgers, and other large birds and are known to be excellent at fishing.
Cliffs, treetops and other high locations are the preferred nesting sites for Golden Eagles. Their nests average 2 ft. high and 6 ft. wide. Golden Eagles are monogamous, mating for life or at least several years. Average brood size is four eggs, two or three of which will survive. Juveniles tend to be darker in colour with more white on their tails than adults.
This particular Eagle was sitting on our dock looking over the Esquimalt Lagoon. Shortly after this photo was taken, it took flight and soared majestically to perch atop a nearby tall tree – a better vantage point for hunting.
The Lagoon & Pacific Landing
The Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary is one of seven Migratory Bird Sanctuaries across British Columbia. It is home to over 150 different species of birds throughout the year.
Just as the Golden Eagle has a commanding presence weather in flight or perched, Pacific Landing is striving to set new, higher standards with its multi-use resort village. With top of the line finishings in our luxury condos and an abundance of amenities for our residents to enjoy, Pacific Landing is a must see. Come in or Register with us today for more information.
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