I was walking along the Permanente Creek Trail in Mountain View, CA at noon when I spotted an enormous bird on Vista Slope at Shoreline Park. Every time I’ve seen one of these large birds on the ground, they were having a meal, and this one didn’t disappoint.
I missed the hunt, but saw the Golden Eagle dining on its lunch catch. I’ve seen a lot of squirrels and an occasional hare running along Vista Slope, so maybe one of them ended up as the prey. Although the animal was obscured by the tall grass, I could see the Golden Eagle tearing off strips of meat and consuming them over a course of 15-20 minutes.