Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
The adult Golden Eagle is brown to dark brown with the crown and nape feathers edged with golden-buff or tan. Its huge size, broad wings and relatively small bill are make it distinctive. It is most abundant in the mountainous and hilly regions of the western part of North America. It hunts from perches or while soaring at great heights with its wings held horizontally instead of the shallow V of Turkey Vulture wings.

Photo taken 10/20/07.
This Golden Eagle was spotted "walking" on the ground between rows of grapes at a winery. It stayed on the ground for several days, so the Wildlife center was called. By the time the Center personnel came to rescue it, Red-tailed Hawks were attacking it. The eagle appeared to be coated with a light oil. It was bathed to remove the oil, then it spent some time at the Center to allow it's natural oils to return to the feathers, and to regain some weight that it lost during the time it could not hunt.
Photo taken 10/20/07.
The eagle was released on a flat spot on the side of a hill. It was not cooperative during the release. It flew into the open window of a pickup truck, then turned around hopped up on the door, then the roof (see first picture) where it was able to take a look around before it flew away.
Photo taken 10/20/07.
Photo taken 110/20/07.
Photo taken 10/20/07.