Watch the giant bird fly from the sky

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Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
13 May 2024 Monday 05:07
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Watch the giant bird fly from the sky

* The author is part of the community of readers of La Vanguardia

In this video and photographs taken around Altet we can see a giant of the sky, flying calmly through the skies of Urgell. You can also see the Pilar d'Almenara.

In the images in La Vanguardia Readers' Photos we can enjoy contemplating its pleasant flight, even for those who observe this gigantic bird, the golden eagle.

As with most birds of prey, female golden eagles are larger than males. They even measure one meter in length from beak to tail, as well as 2.3 meters in wing span (the male stays between 1.8 and 2 meters).

The plumage of this eagle is dark brown, but, as its name suggests, it turns golden on the head and neck, while it is white on the shoulders and at the end of the tail. In addition, this species is included in the so-called booted eagles, since the legs are covered in plumage, as if they were shoes.

These eagles are monogamous, so they usually pair for life. They build several nests, based on three thick branches, in various points of their territory. They alternate them every year. as if they had several residences.

For its part, the Pilar d'Almenara, at 459 meters above sea level, are the remains of a castle documented as early as 1139, when the fortress dominated the southern end of the plateau, with a great panoramic view of Urgell and all the castles of its environment.

The castle was built by Christians, although the place name Almenara is of Arab origin and means, precisely, watchtower. It is a work declared Cultural Asset of National Interest.