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Prairie Falcon gets serious

I came across this handsome raptor a couple weeks ago in an area northeast of Denver . It was gracious enough to let me snap a bunch of pictures although unfortunately I have not seen it since.

Prairie Falcons are quite common in the western United States and are a very popular bird to be used in falconry .

You can view more pictures from my time photographing this bird here.

A Prairie Falcon keeps close watch.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Prairie Falcon keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle performs picture perfect flyby

A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of witnessing a pair of eagles drive off a third that they felt was intruding on their territory.  As the event unfolded, the two aggressors performed many flybys as they circled and took stock of the interloper.

I captured many worthy images of them as they flew only about 20 feet over my head – this is one of them.  To view the complete gallery of their flybys, see below the main image.

For the narrative about the aerial duel and images of that, see here.

An aggressive Bald Eagle flies over on its way to try to drive off another eagle it felt was intruding on its territory.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An aggressive Bald Eagle flies over on its way to try to drive off another eagle it felt was intruding on its territory. (© Tony’s Takes)

Where to next?

A pronghorn buck looks into the valley below as if contemplating where it should bound off to next.

Pronghorn are what folks oftentimes mistakenly call antelope. However there are no species of antelope in North America. These speed demons are the second fastest land animal on earth – only the #cheetah is faster – and capable of speeds to 55mph.

Image taken this past July in Grand Teton National Park.

A pronghorn looks over the hill in Grand Teton National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pronghorn looks over the hill in Grand Teton National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Can’t I just enjoy some peace and quiet and watch the snow?

This bald eagle in Thornton, Colorado found a quiet December Sunday this past weekend shattered by blackbirds that decided to join it – and hassle it. The eagle eventually gave up and headed for quieter environs.

View more pictures from this snowy day below the main image.

Blackbirds hassle a Bald Eagle in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Blackbirds hassle a Bald Eagle in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Neighborhood watch

One of two Great Horned Owls that have taken up residency in a Denver area suburb. Taken on December 3, this one was keeping an eye on me but also struggling to stay awake. 😉

A Great Horned Owl keeps watch in the Denver area suburb of Thornton.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Great Horned Owl keeps watch in the Denver area suburb of Thornton. (© Tony’s Takes)

Get off my tree!

“Get off my tree!” Cold and snowy here in Denver, Colorado today but that didn’t stop me – and the wildlife. This Bald Eagle didn’t seem very happy with having to share its part of the tree with a Red Tailed Hawk. The eagle was extremely vocal in voicing its displeasure.

A Bald Eagle appears to be unhappy that a Red Tailed Hawk is sitting in the same tree.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle appears to be unhappy that a Red Tailed Hawk is sitting in the same tree. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden geese take flight at sunrise

A gaggle of Canada geese take flight in Colorado. The sheer numbers of these birds here in the winter are astounding and as a result a lot of folks here don’t particularly care for them. I typically ignore them but when a bunch get going, it is fun to watch.

A gaggle of Canada geese take flight in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gaggle of Canada geese take flight in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Grazing deer buck

Beautiful early morning lighting and golden grasses made for a pleasing scene a couple weeks ago when I took this image of a young deer buck.

A young deer buck grazes on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young deer buck grazes on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Are you looking at my butt?

“Are you looking at my butt?” Well, I guess I was but only because this little guy wouldn’t give me a better view. 😉 Male American Kestrel in Adams County, Colorado yesterday.

A male American Kestrel as seen from behind.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male American Kestrel as seen from behind. (© Tony’s Takes)

Juvenile Bald Eagle takes flight

A bit of an extreme close up as this eagle took off from a pole yesterday. I certainly did not plan on capturing this image like this but the eagle caught me off guard.

It was perched on a pole and was perfectly content to let me get close so I was zoomed in to my lens’ max trying to get a nice, detailed head shot. Apparently the eagle decided it was time to go and suddenly launched itself into the air. This image is just as it started to spread its wings to take off and was the only one in the sequence that came out. A bit of an unusual angle and look but I am loving the detail.

You can view some more pics from yesterday of this eagle as well as a hawk and kestrel I found here.

Close up of a juvenile Bald Eagle as it launches into the air.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Close up of a juvenile Bald Eagle as it launches into the air. (© Tony’s Takes)