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 Now parts of it have been plowed under and other parts have burned and the sage has been replaced by invasive cheatgrass from Europe.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.