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A 62 day old golden eagle nestling – Great Basin Desert, Utah, USA.

Canon EOS 7D, 12-24 @12mm, 1/1000, f/9, ISO 100, Raw.

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Golden eagles in the Great Basin Desert of the Western U.S. rely almost entirely on rabbits to feed themselves and their young. The rabbits rely on sagebrush, rabbitbrush and greasewood communities for food and cover. The valley behind this eaglet was all sage 20 years ago. Now parts of it have been plowed under and other parts have burned and the sage has been replaced by invasive cheatgrass from Europe. With the loss of the sage comes the loss of rabbits and the eagles are raising fewer young each year. Many nesting territories are now sadly vacant.

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eagle, golden, utah, desert, raptor, predator, flight, kent keller

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  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    It’s right back to my usual question…WHY does man have to keep trying to fix things that aren’t broken, and ignoring the things that truly need to be fixed???? Wonderful capture of this majestic bird Kent, but such a sad state of affairs for them!

  • Thank you Teresa! Very true.

    – Kent Keller

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 1 year ago

    Amazing image, but it sure is a problem that needs to be corrected, this is just magnificent!!

  • Thanks very much Marvin!

    – Kent Keller

  • Thomas Young
    Thomas Youngover 1 year ago

    Super awesome image Kent! Sad testimonial of what is and can be!In some instances man was able to change i am not going to hold my breath but will appreciate the beauty of these beautiful birds while i still breath!

  • Thank you Thomas!

    – Kent Keller

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous capture and sad story.

  • Thank you very much Bunny!

    – Kent Keller

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture Kent. It’s a sad irony in nature that one species must suffer for an others gain, especially where man is concerned. Another irony is the amazing comeback of Australia’s Wedge-Tail Eagle which is now in higher proportions than it ever has during european occupation of this continent. So thankfully there are some good outcomes… what needs to be done in Utah is the real challenge here.

  • Thank you Phillip! I appreciate your comments.

    – Kent Keller

  • Denzil
    Denzilover 1 year ago

    I get such a sense of frustration at these idiotic decisions which have ‘unforeseen’ consequences, consequences which are glaringly self-evident to anyone with half a brain …
    Beautiful, sad photo, captures the essence of the problem so well.

  • Thank you so much Denzil! So well said.

    – Kent Keller

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    Such a sad story,,,but what a beautiful capture!!

  • Thank you Dlouise!

    – Kent Keller

  • CBoyle
    CBoyleover 1 year ago

    Such a brilliant shot Kent!

  • Thanks very much CB!

    – Kent Keller

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 1 year ago

    a wonderful image, such a great capture,surly there is enough room for both humans and wildlife, afterall we all breathe the same air, we all share this planet,dawnx

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment Dawn!

    – Kent Keller

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyover 1 year ago

    Powerful image (great dof) with and important message – thanks for your art and your efforts.

  • Thank you very much Ken!

    – Kent Keller

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