In the nature documentary El Hombre y la Tierra, there is a scene featuring golden eagles and apparently some kind of Iberian ibex. The scene should be in some part of Iberia. This is the video which features the animals and location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz7FFlFy8eM

Goats: https://imgur.com/GKWiZPr 2: https://imgur.com/CTMgx9y https://imgur.com/l6s5Yap https://imgur.com/xA5y0th

Eagle and Goats: 1: https://i.sstatic.net/3RHSs.jpg 2: https://i.sstatic.net/eBh2d.jpg Several other images: https://i.sstatic.net/Wpare.jpg

However, these Ibex have small horns and there are none with large horns. I'm not used to seeing this with ibex. Surely it can't be a flock made entirely of females and juveniles? So I would like to ask what subspecies of Iberian Ibex these are.

I would also like to ask, if I might, what subspecies of golden eagle is shown in the clip. I suspect the one which carries off the goat will be the female of a larger subspecies.

If it is not acceptable to ask about both species, please edit the part about the eagle out of my answer. Know that I would be happy with an answer to either question. Thank you very much.

  • $\begingroup$ The golden eagle is just one species: (Aquila chrysaetos) is the most widely distributed species of eagle, it's on all the northern hemisphere. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 26, 2019 at 22:56
  • $\begingroup$ @com.prehensible My mistake, meant to say subspecies. Do you know what subspecies of aquila chrysaetos is common to Iberia, and which might be present in the video? $\endgroup$
    – Sonny
    Commented Dec 26, 2019 at 23:29
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    – tyersome
    Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 0:23
  • $\begingroup$ @tyersome Thanks tyersome. I tried to add some images, but it wouldn't let me upload them from imgur. $\endgroup$
    – Sonny
    Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ The upload links must be to files rather than webpages β€” if you open the imgur images in a new tab (or window) you get a file with ".jpg" extension. I've uploaded the goat images for you, but you should probably put the eagles into a separate question. $\endgroup$
    – tyersome
    Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 5:37

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The eagle is Aquila chrysaetos homeyeri or chrysaetos. Homeyeri comes from the Iberian Peninsula; nw Africa to Arabia and Iran. Chrysaetos chrysaetos comes from the Alps to Sibera and the Iberian Peninsula.

They weight up to 7kg and they can carry a bit less than 3 kilos, big prey includes baby bears, coyotes, foxes, ibex, seals, badgers, dogs, cats, they can attack anything up to 1 meter in width, generally on the neck and the back: 0

It can defeat anything that can't withstand the powerful talon gripping and slashing, the hullux talon is 4-6.5 cm: enter image description here

The Ibex subspecies is difficult to tell from the pictures, although the ibex males and females always live in different herds and congregate once a year, all subspecies adults have horns 40-70cm in length,. The horns grow 8cm per year for 15-20 years after the first year, with females having slightly smaller horns, about 40-50cm.

The group of iberian ibex there are all 2-3 years old.

Groups of ibex entirely with small horns can be found, with other herds of ibex with 55 cm horns living elsewhere, although normally it's a bit more mixed with 4-5 year old individuals mixed in. At the time that the video was made, hunting laws were less strict than today, so it's possible that the bigger individuals of the herd had been shot.


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