Photo category:
Ungulate ecosystems - Olympus mt
Vertebrates specimen collection
Natural History Museum of Crete exhibition

  • Photo taken by:
    Trikali, M.
  • Photo taken date:
    March 2013
Golden Eagle
Ungulate ecosystems (Olumpus mt.) (Greece) diorama

Photo of a Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos, which is the most common large eagle in Greece. It can be found on rocky mountainous and open landscapes with sparse vegetation, far from humans. The Golden Eagle flies for hours until spotting its prey, where it swoops down for the kill at high velocities. It feeds on a big variety of mammals and birds depending on the season, but mainly it hunts hares, partridges and turtles, which it drops from a great height on rocks in order to break their shell.