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Rufous Hummingbird in flight

Taken this past August in Colorado State Forest State Park. These little birds are incredible fliers known for their precision maneuverability and intolerance of other hummingbirds that might intrude on its territory.

A Rufous Hummingbird is seen in flight.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Rufous Hummingbird is seen in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Red-Tailed Hawk takes flight

This image, taken a couple weeks ago in Adams County, Colorado, shows a Red Tailed Hawk just after it launched from a nearby post.  It was more than willing to give my son and I some great poses and action shots.

A Red-Tailed Hawk launches with Colorado's Rocky Mountains faintly visible in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-Tailed Hawk launches with Colorado’s Rocky Mountains faintly visible in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

Double trouble

Two bighorn sheep rams stand side by side in Waterton Canyon, Colorado.

The bighorn rut is starting to gear up and as it does, the rams will begin battling for dominance and the right to mate. Throwing themselves at each other at speeds up to 20mph, the rams will bow their heads and crash their massive horns into each other. This will repeat, sometimes for hours, until one of them submits and walks off.

Two bighorn sheep rams in Colorado stand side by side.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Two bighorn sheep rams in Colorado stand side by side. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hey! Look at me!

This handsome looking wood duck drake seemed to be quite proud of himself this past Saturday. I had never seen these birds in person but was intrigued enough by the opportunity to drive quite a good ways to go to a spot where they frequent. They definitely did not disappoint as they are arguably one of the prettiest water fowl you could imagine.

Check out the complete gallery from my time with them here.

A wood duck drake poses for the camera.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A wood duck drake poses for the camera. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ooh that feels good!

A rather sizable bison uses a tree as a scratching post at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The last couple times I have been out there the herd was in an area to the north of the refuge that is closed to the public. Today there were a couple in the public area thankfully.

A bison uses a tree as a scratching post at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bison uses a tree as a scratching post at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

 

Shake it off!

A wood duck flaps its wings to dry off following a quick dive it took chasing a meal.

I’m not normally too much into taking pictures of water fowl but these guys are the coolest. Their colors are just brilliant and they are very entertaining to watch. They aren’t particularly common in the area I live but there is a little hotspot not far away at Sterne Park, Littleton, Colorado where they are known to hang out.

View the complete gallery of images from my photo shoot with the wood ducks below.  You can learn more about this colorful duck here.

A wood duck flaps its wings to dry off following a quick dive it took chasing a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A wood duck flaps its wings to dry off following a quick dive it took chasing a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

Shhh! There’s that guy with the camera again!

“Shhh! There’s that guy with the camera again!” This Great Horned Owl owlet and its siblings were intent on making finding them quite difficult once they fledged. Took me a number of passes through a stand of cottonwood trees near their nest for me to find them as they do a pretty darned good job hiding. It was a lot of fun to watch them grow up and leave the nest. Hopefully mom and dad will be back next spring. Taken May 18, 2014 in Thornton, Colorado.

A Great Horned Owl owlet peeks from behind a tree. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Great Horned Owl owlet peeks from behind a tree. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Ten Butts Mountain

I was able to get a picture of this unique landscape feature this past weekend in the Colorado Front Range foothills.   😉

You can view the complete photo gallery from a day in Waterton Canyon below the image.

Ten bighorn rams graze on the side of the road in Waterton Canyon, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Ten bighorn rams graze on the side of the road in Waterton Canyon, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagle soars through the blue skies

Taken in Adams County, Colorado this past Sunday. I simply cannot get enough of these majestic creatures.

Some months ago my daughter brought to my attention a poem by Alfred Tennyson that I find most fitting:

The Eagle

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

A bald eagle soars through gorgeous blue skies in Adams County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle soars through gorgeous blue skies in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)