John Cousins (September)
This Golden Eagle was circling over my four IML assessment candidates last week (as if they didnÃ¢Â.Â.t have enough to worry about!). The birds range from 150 to 240 cm (59Ã¢Â.Â.95 in) wingspan and weight is from 2.5 to 6.7 kg (5.5Ã¢Â.Â.13.4 lb).
Golden eagle prey includes marmots, hares and mice and sometimes birds martens, foxes, young deer and livestock including lambs and young goats (no mention of IML candidates). Golden Eagles have very good eyesight and can spot prey from a long distance. The Golden Eagle has a resolving power 8x more powerful than a human. The talons are used for killing and carrying the prey, the beak is used only for eating. They often have a division of labour while hunting, one bird driving the prey towards its waiting partner