Reference to the Golden Eagle has brought additional interest to The Jhon Collector Mysteries. Mention of personal experience has resulted in, conservatively, a deluge of communications from people wanting to know more.
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While observing a pair of mated Golden Eagles nesting I noticed that the male did the hunting while the female stayed on the nest, protecting first the eggs and then the newborns. What intrigued me about how the male hunted was how quickly returned he returned with food. One day, curious about how he worked with such efficiency I bushwhacked and watched as he caught a small Bullsnake by the tail in one of his talons while airborne, and how he stunned the snake by cracking it along its length like a bullwhip might be cracked – I even heard the snake as it reached its length “pop”. The Golden Eagle, to ensure the snake was rendered harmless, smacked it on a vertical rock face, likely killing it before returning to the nest and his waiting mate.