Eagles? Eagles. Raven Sandwich? We wish.
by wreness moderator
This is what's so cool about posting on TALK (and why you should never be shy to do so):
On October 24, 2015 @Aegypius posted that there were 2 eagles fighting in this photo in reply to a post:
on March 8, 2015 by Psaltriparus minimus who agreed that there were 2 eagles in the photo because
on June 5, 2014 @yshish posted that there were 2 eagles in the photo because
on June 5 2014 @Veegee commented that they thought there was a fight between a possible Turkey Vulture and a Golden Eagle.
So what prompts the extra discussion? Also on October 24, 2015, Your under-caffeinated Moderator @wreness, posted that it was possibly 2 condors. The bird in back looks to have a (black) tag on (our) right wing and the under-feathers looked white; a black face and beak. But then yes, the bird in front is golden. Maybe an eagle swooping in to scare off a juvenile condor? But the other wing does look brown/gold. Sigh 😃 (large photo)
In order to make up for this lapse in judgement and yeah..the more I looked the more eagle-ish it got (re: I had no idea what I was talking about) I went and looked a lot of photos in order to see if I could find a better photo of these birds.
Juvenile Golden eagles are very dark with dark beaks (just like juvenile condors and turkey vultures); they turn "golden" with yellow beaks as the mature. This can make it confusing, especially if the light is bad or there are shadows.
Below are some photos of this/these birds close to the time stamp.
The point of this story: Posting on TALK on photos you get or adding to photos (even if old) is a good thing! This photo was first commented on 16 months ago. So never ever be afraid or shy to start a discussion. 😃
9:48 a.m. juvenile eating with another condor
A bird at 10:15 a.m. - head smooth and dark like a condor
10:33 am. Bingo! Possibly the 2 eagles
Bird at 10:37 a.m. Dark with what looks like a neck cowl
Bird 10:50 a.m. - 25 minutes after photo at left, but obviously an eagle
Thank you for all your input, curiosity, time, and as always, your work!