Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle is probably the most iconic of all British birds of prey, and it is raptor that all birdwatchers want to see and one of the species that most wildlife photographers want to photograph it in the wild.

It is a schedule one bird that is fully protected in Britain, where it's population is between 400 and 500 pairs, this represents about 1% of the world population which is thought to be circa 50k pairs. It is Britians second largest bird (White-tailed Eagle is bigger) it has a wingspan of around two metres and female golden eagles can weigh up to 5 kg.

Due to the fact it is easily disturbed (Eagles are protected as a schedule one species) it is best to photograph these magnificent birds at one of the specialist hides in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, these images below were taken from hide in Norway over several days.