Slooowly took out the camera and watched for 10 minutes while this magnificent bird
ate a once magnificent furry warmblooded little crazy actin mammal. I'm still confirming exactly what kind of raptor it is, but pretty sure it is a Red Tailed Hawk. I have pics of these all over this blog. HERE is one at k-state, here a juvenile in the country. This one was HUGE and made me wonder if it was a golden eagle. But the markings do look like the hawk.
here it is flying away as pedestrians approached. (right in the middle of the pic.)
A squirrel was chattering the whole time. You can hear it loud and clear on the video below.
here is a little video.
Golden eagles are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The killing of any eagle constitutes a violation of those acts.
For more information on golden eagles, go online to http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/baldeagle.htm.