What a massive, amazing bird!
A friend and I were both out in the same general area photographing wildlife on Sunday when he shot me a message saying he had eyes on a very patient golden eagle. I immediately high-tailed it to the spot and was excited to see this majestic creature just patiently hanging out on a utility pole.
Both my friend and I got tons of shots of it posing as it watched the traffic go by. Eventually, it decided to relocate to another pole a ways away and I managed some nice shots as it took flight.
As I said in the opening line, this is an immature golden. You can tell by the white at the base of the tail and on some of the primary flight feathers. Those areas on an adult would be pale brown. You do get a nice feel for the huge seven-foot wingspan these raptors are known for.