Golden Eagles arrive at Kaweah Oaks Preserve in mid-November,
usually. They can be observed soaring and hunting over the preserve during
the winter months. They often soar with other birds of prey over the Alkali
Meadow giving the observer a wonderful opportunity to compare the differences
between the wing spans of Red-tailed Hawks, Kestrels, Sharp-shinned Hawks
and the Golden Eagle. They leave in early March for higher ground where
they spend the rest of the year.
The golden eagle recognizes no arbitrary human boundaries in its flight. Like other birds, it is a "global ambassador," a treasure shared by all those beneath its wings. It is a soaring symbol of the few wild, open places still remaining in our crowded world.
Probably the most widespread eagle of its size, the magnificent golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) lives throughout much of the northern hemisphere. It is found in mountainous areas, prairie coulees, and other places where rugged terrain creates abundant updrafts. Soaring on 7-foot (2.1-m) wings, golden eagles are masters of the wind, controlling their flight with the merest movements of wingtip feathers.