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Lauren is one of less than a dozen falconers in the US who fly a golden eagle. Her interest in eagles took her as far away as Mongolia, where she spent a year learning eagle hunting on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Golden eagle talons are made of keratin and are equal to the size of grizzly bear claws. You don’t want to mess with them.
Miles is an unusual golden eagle in that he was stolen from his nest as a baby and kept as a pet. After being confiscated, he found his way to Lauren who taught him that he could fly and hunt and catch his own meals. She uses a lure to help with that training. Our GoPro made it out alive, as do most hares that Miles tries to catch. While eagles are specially evolved to catch hares, conversely hares are equally evolved to evade eagles.
Lauren calls Miles “The Prairie Dragon”, especially fitting when he is protecting some morsel of food (as he is doing in the photo). You can learn more about Lauren and why she loves falconry at the links below.
View photographs HERE.
Watch the video HERE.