We went to visit some friends in Penn Valley this weekend (beautiful foothills in central CA). Their parents run a raptor rescue. This is a golden eagle.
This was last summer, I just finally got the pictures now. I look slightly bleary because it was early and that was how I felt, coupled with the fact that I was kind of in shock because there was a GIANT BIRD ON MY ARM and man, was he heavy. They also saved me the article about his release, which I might try and scan because it is COOOL.
Also, I had no idea how hard it is to hold something this heavy this far out on your forearm and keep it above eye level. Because you really want his head above yours so he doesn't look you in the eye.