Golden Eagle Original Art
Original Painting Medium: Gouache
Scientific Name: Aquila chrysaetos
Region: Scottish Highlands - U.K & N. America
Eagles in the United Kingdom are best seen quatering above the open moorlands and mountains of Scotland. Their feathers are brown, black, white and creamy buff in colour, and they have distinctive yellow legs. Eagles eat mainly rabbits, hares, birds, mice, chicks and carrion. They build their nests on isolated cliff ledges and willl use the same nests for generations, just adding sticks and twigs as needed.
During the early spring male and female adults perform an impressive mating ritual together. They soar high into the sky and gliding toward one aother they make contact and lock talons. They then tumble together from the sky. Before reaching the ground they let go and soar upward together again, back into the clouds. It is an amazing and breath-taking sight.
The golden eagle population has been decimated over the last 100 years due to persecution by farmers and gamekeepers. Unfortunately they are still seen as a threat by some sport shooting enthusiasts and sadly, to this day, are still found trapped, shot or poisoned or have their precious eggs stolen from their nests. These magnificent birds need protection and the RSPB, BTO and other conservation groups are working together to protect them. The hope is that they will return to the many places in the UK where they used to be a familiar sight.