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GOEA head different angles ref by Ciameth GOEA head different angles ref by Ciameth
Golden Eagle head at different angles reference. Modeled by two captive female Golden Eagles. The older one (darker eyes) is one of my favorite birds. She is a very small female (smaller than some of the males the center has rehabilitated) and has lived in captivity nearly thirty years. She was severely wounded by gunshot as a young adult and had to have her wing amputated; however, she doesn't let that slow her down. She climbs all over her cage, in and out of her bathtub (she loves a shower) and plays with enrichment items. The younger adult eagle is the biggest bird we have at the rehab center, and the largest Golden Eagle I've ever seen in person.

Feel free to download for personal use. Not for photo-manipulation. The older girl's beak is a better ref of appropriate length in a wild bird (captive bird beaks do not usually receive as much wear, and grow longer), as the younger girl (who is higher-strung) needs to be coped in some of these pictures.

More references
Red-tailed Hawk: [link]
American Kestrel: [link]
Great-horned Owl: [link]
Barn Owl: [link]
Turkey Vulture: [link]
Burrowing Owl: [link]
Icterid (Brewer's Blackbird): [link]
Raptor feet: [link]

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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Really nice! Thanks a lot for posting this. Really cool to see a whole bunch of angles like this for references. :)
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is next on my sketch list.... thanks again for compiling these!! :icontwilightlaplz:
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GinnyW3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
They're so beautiful! Especially the darker-eyed one, she's lovely. Such a noble looking bird!
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ButeoGirl Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have any of her feathers?
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No; owning eagle feathers without permit is illegal in the United States.
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Av8rIrish Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
O.o Beautiful, and exactly what I've been looking for. Mind if I use one for a forum signature?
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're more meant to be used for reference than as stock images.
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Av8rIrish Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Fair enough. Next time I'm drawing I'm so going to use them. It's so hard to find pictures...
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gA-rth Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
FANTASTIC! These are going to make awesome references! And the photos are really well done!
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Sudokko Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
One of my favorite animals. <3 I'd better try drawing one soon, using these references!
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!
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Darksoulyshiroyuki Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Those birds are so beautiful!!
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Darklightx6 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Awesomeness!
Would you mind if I use these headshots as a reference, I'm interested how to draw eagles and other birds, so yeah ^^;
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course not, that's why I made them!
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Darklightx6 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Oh, thank you so much! I will credit thanks for you when I probably upload some hawk pictures :meow:
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Wolfdog27 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
This will come in handy :) Thanks for posting it!
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WerewolfStripclub Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Filmographer
I swear Ciameth, these bird refs are the best thing in the WORLD. You are the most amazing person for posting them *_*
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D I really make them for me because I hate scouring google for refs (and prefer using my own images anyways), but sharing them is fun! I'm trying to collect more exotic raptors (I work with CA native species, but I'm hoping to visit a raptor-friend who works with a harpy soon... a gymnogene would also be awesome, but I don't know anyone who works with one, much less a facility in the US that keeps them) and other animals like a wolf, gull, corvid, and horse.
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pavocristo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
*butts in rudely* H... h-harpy... you said harpy? Oh god... *dies and goes to heaven*

*comes back* I wholeheartedly agree - these references are indescribably useful, and you're very, very super-generous for sharing them with us. Thank you! ;___; :heart:
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know; Harpy eagles are incredible! I had to pass up a summer internship in South America tracking Harpies that would have involved handling them (!!!!) because the stipend paid did not even begin to cover travel and living costs, and college drained all my money. I'm starting to apply to every zoo and wild bird position I can find. Hopefully I get one of them; if not, I'm applying for that internship again next year. It would be worth the expense!
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pavocristo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Woooow, that sounds SO cool! Man, if I wasn’t so damn poor and terribly afraid of spiders… sounds like it would be an absolute blast. :love: You seem to know a huge amount about raptors and birds in general, so I’d be very surprised if they passed you up. D: I wish you good luck with your applying! :heart:

That sentence sounded weird… O__ … I’ll blame it on lack of sleep. Best of luck to you!
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Gowillop Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
This is really helpful!

Thank you so much.
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koujinx Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Yes!
I'm so glad that I happened upon this! really useful c:
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This really came in handy for my latest feather painting :) ----> [link]
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Cheezzle Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Hah, I love #4! The expression is priceless. Very nice view charts by the way, great work ^^
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow...why didn't I find the Goldens before? As always...thank you. You rock. But you know that.
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caligis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is going to be SO handy for my next gryph drawing! What a great idea, keep it up! <3
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Lalupi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
So beautiful :) I love eagles.. These pictures will be a great help to me :) Thank you!
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! I've been mostly right without ref. ^^;
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alexameyer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
I have tons of photos of Eagle heads for reference, and you have resumed them all in just one picture.
This collage is truly useful, thank you very much for taking the job of doing it :)
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DraconianArtLine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's really useful! Thank you very much!
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I needed something like this.
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Jenociide Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
This is an awesome reference! I always need more practice on birds and all the shots I'd need are right here! :D I also like how in the 2nd row, fourth picture over, she seems to be making a o___O face at you! lol!
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's probably close to what she's thinking; I think she could see her reflection in the lens :D
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Jenociide Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
lol!
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ErithacusCreations Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Very nice! I love all these head angles, and eagles are especially helpful for me :love:
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Amazingly helpful reference. Exactly what I'd want to be shown when I want to draw an eagle.
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ChrisSawyerArt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Pretty bird! <3
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shmeeden Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Got curious about coping and just read up on it. Sounds like a scary job to do! Partly regarding self-preservation, but also because it seems like it would be easy to slip up and hurt the bird. Do you do the coping? If so, my hat is off to you!
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm learning, but my supervisor does most of the coping at the center. It is really easy to screw up and damage the beak if you don't know what you're doing. I definitely don't enjoy doing it, but if I'm going to have to trim beaks occasionally, I want to be able to do it well.
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jlout8 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really helpful! and just wondering what is it when you said she needs to have her beak coped?
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The part of the upper beak that curves down can get too long on captive birds because sometimes they don't wear it down enough. Like fingernails, it keeps growing. If it got too long, she could have a problem eating. But it's also hard to trim when it's too long, so we trim it when it's just a little too long to prevent trouble later. However, she gets stressed out easily so we also don't want to trim it too frequently--hence it looking slightly too long for a wild bird in some of the pictures.
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jlout8 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh thats really interesting! i would have never thought there beaks grew, thank you!
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WerewolfStripclub Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
I love you. Seriously.
This will help me SO MUCH.
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Will there be GRYPHONS coming out of this which is totally what I use my own refs for, I need to draw more actual birds?
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WerewolfStripclub Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
YES, MANY MANY GRYPHONS!
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da-bestest-chibi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
This is absolutely fantastic! Thank you! :heart:
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Muirin007 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Thank you so much for posting this. They are absolutely magnificent birds...wow.
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, magnificent birds! The dark-eyed girl is also very friendly; I love her and this is totally off-topic, but I adore your phantomy work, why am I not watching you?
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