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The golden eagle in Peneda-Gerês Park

2020/02/27

An eagle can carry up to 3.6 kg in flight and the golden eagle is known for diving to catch its prey at estimated speeds of 240 to 320 km / h. This bird has been seen to capture flying birds as large as geese.

This bird can be found from Western Europe to Asia and North Africa, and can also be found in much of North America
The royal eagle preferably lives in the high and mountainous lands, and can (for now ...) still be seen in some mountains of Portugal, flying in circles, in search of its prey.
The best place to still observe this bird is the northern interior of the country, namely in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, but its continuity in the Portuguese skies may be threatened, mainly due to the hunting that was, and continues to be, moved by hunters unscrupulous illegal acts.

Its vision is excellent, allowing to see in detail everything that moves on the floor. Their prey are rats, rabbits and, occasionally, reptiles. The circle described by the golden eagle serves to carefully observe each span of land beneath it. If, eventually, one of the animals it hunts is there, it will attack in a stung flight, in a decided way, leaving little room for maneuver for its prey.
To stay in the air, the eagle takes advantage of the thermal currents, which allow it to glide effortlessly for a few hours. It uses the support that its wings provide you in a magnificent way, flapping them just to stay at the desired height.
Golden eagles make their nests on the hillsides, or on top of some trees. When the breeding season arrives, he lays two eggs, which hatch for 38 days. After hatching, their food is shared by the couple.


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