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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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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. :)
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is next on my sketch list.... thanks again for compiling these!! :icontwilightlaplz:
GinnyW3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
They're so beautiful! Especially the darker-eyed one, she's lovely. Such a noble looking bird!
ButeoGirl Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have any of her feathers?
Ciameth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No; owning eagle feathers without permit is illegal in the United States.
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?
Ciameth Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're more meant to be used for reference than as stock images.
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...
gA-rth Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
FANTASTIC! These are going to make awesome references! And the photos are really well done!
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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