This is pretty cool: a camera trap in Primorye, set to observe Amur (“Siberian”) tigers, caught a golden eagle in the act of killing a sika deer. Knowing of my interest, Jonathan, Tim Gallagher, and Annie Hocker all sent notice.
But I am grumpy about the text, especially two statements, “”rabbits—their regular prey—”
Not really; more like rabbits, hares, great blue herons, demoiselle cranes, bar- headed geese, Greek tortoises, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, domestic stock on occasion… whatever is available at the right place and time. And:
“The scientists underscore that golden eagles do not regularly attack deer”.
But they do. Also as I just stated, many other large and/ or hoofed animals.
John Byers’ brilliant pronghorn monograph considers them a major predator.
George Frison, the old archaeologist who wrote Survival by Hunting, a sometime inspiration to both Reid and Lib, ditto, and features a painting of them in his book doing that.
Danny McCarron, personal observation of golden taking down running antelope (wild, both) “like they do it every week!”
Tigner ranch here, who had 40 calves taken by one pair and allowed the Audubon Society (in the seventies, a less PC time, granted) to film it, before they trapped and relocated them.
EVERY EASTERN EUROPEAN EAGLER takes roe every year, like a gos on a hare, both at home and at Opocno (below).
Golden eagles are top- of- the- chain carnivorous dinosaurs. If they were bigger they would hunt us…
UPDATE: I was reminded that Darren and I both covered this along time ago.