The Golden Eagle is one of the largest, fastest, nimblest raptors in North America. Lustrous gold feathers gleam on the back of its head and neck; a powerful beak and talons advertise its hunting prowess. Here is one in captivity at Carolina Raptor Center, North Carolina.
“Presidential Eagle” by Sandy Scott at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
A majestic eagle caught in the moment before flight. The wings are extended overhead and the body is crouched and ready to take off, talons gripping the rock base.