I don’t see a Golden Eagle often. Indeed the last time I saw one was a half-dozen years ago and it was flying at a high altitude somewhat south of the Lake. Today’s golden flew low along the north slope of the West Arm — a region with sparse observations of this upland species.
Mind you, Golden Eagles are reported more often than they have ever been seen. Usually the (erroneous) report is actually of a juvenile Bald Eagle, but I have seen breathless claims where the actual bird seen was a Red-tailed Hawk. Further, the Golden Eagle isn’t the gargantuan bird of popular myth. It actually averages slightly smaller than the Bald Eagle.
Yet, seeing this upland bird is indeed a rare treat — especially a close observation, such as occurred on this occasion.
A Golden Eagle flies low along the ridge north of the West Arm. One of the many features that distinguish this eagle as a golden is the colour of its nape.