Ah yes, it is the day for lovers and this pair was getting started a bit early this past Sunday.
The images of the activity are, quite frankly, pretty poor and I was very disappointed in them. Light was very low, there was a lot of haze / fog and the eagles were just too far off. Nevertheless, I share them because it was a very fun encounter and something I had not witnessed with goldens before. I suspect very few people have in fact.
When I arrived at this spot in the Colorado foothills, the make was perched alone and on a different post. Not two minutes later, she arrived, circling him twice then landing on the other pole. That, apparently, was all the invitation he needed. They mated twice over the next few hours.
The first image in this series is from the first time and the poorest quality pic. However, the symmetry of their positions is pretty neat and something I was happy to have captured. The rest of the images are from their second attempt when lighting was slightly better.