Golden eagles use their speed and sharp talons to snatch up rabbits, marmots, and ground squirrels. They also eat carrion, reptiles, birds, fish, and smaller fare such as large insects. They have even been known to attack full grown deer. Ranchers once killed many of these birds for fear that they would prey on their livestock, but studies showed that the animal's impact was minimal. Today, golden eagles are protected by law.
PYGMY SQUIRREL The endemic Whitehead's Pygmy Squirrel of Borneo feeds almost entirely on the mosses and lichens on tree trunks. Photographed in Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, by Chien Lee Wildlife Photography