Date: 3/20/17 4:00 pm From: James W. Beck <loxosceles928...> Subject: [LABIRD-L] probable GOLDEN EAGLE - Marrero
I am still in shock and can't believe this, but Linda and I just had what I am 98% sure was an adult Golden Eagle soaring in the thermals over our house here in Marrero. Lots of moving raptors today...
This bird was big-headed, but not *quite* as big-headed as a juvenile or immature Bald. When the sunlight the bird, I saw thew nape QUITE well and it was rich, golden-brown in contrast to the dark brown face and underbelly. Addiotionally, the patagials were the same rich, golden-brown as the nape. A dead-ringer for every typical GOEA I have seen out west and worked with in captivity.... Its flight was not diheadral, but on firm, flat wings.every GOEA The tail was all dark, but I would like to have seen it better. What I am 100% certain of is that is was NOT a BAEA of ANY age. Unfortunately, our telephoto lens is still kaput and we haven't replaced it yet, so I know...no photo...very frustrating
Just wanted to come inside and post this real quick to get the word out. I'll submit a LBRC long form later, hopefully with better details. Obviously such a great bird AND location will not pass muster without documentation, but those on the West Bank, get outside and keep your eyes to the sky!!! -j
-- James W. Beck Marrero, Louisiana <loxosceles928...>