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Sunrise and bald eagles at Cherry Creek State Park

The rumors about a bunch of bald eagles at Cherry Creek State Park were too much for me to ignore. Thankfully they were true. A great morning!

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It doesn’t get better than a bald eagle and the Rocky Mountains

I went down to Cherry Creek State Park this morning where I had heard there was a lot of bald eagle activity.  That was an understatement as they seemed to be everywhere and I took a lot of good pictures of them.  This was one of my favorites as it captured my favorite subject, a bald eagle, coupled with the snow-capped Colorado Rockies.

3/8/14 - Bald eagle and the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

3/8/14 – Bald eagle and the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Quack quack on the Platte

I stopped by the bike path along the South Platte River in Thornton on the way home yesterday. Lots of interesting ducks out there (which I know nothing about).  Caught this pair as they took off down the river.  I believe these are Northern Pintails.

3/6/14 - Quack quack on the Platte. (© Tony’s Takes)

3/6/14 – Quack quack on the Platte. (© Tony’s Takes)

It’s been a rough day

Took a drive through the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife refuge and caught this guy napping on the job.  Guess he was having a rough day.

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March 6, 2014 – “It’s been a rough day.” Bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Dirty beard

I went out to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge at lunch today.Pretty slim pickings finding anything too extraordinary but did find this guy grazing along the road. He picked his head up just enough for a quick picture showing his dirty beard.

3/5/14 - Dirty beard. (© Tony’s Takes)

3/5/14 – Dirty beard. (© Tony’s Takes)

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March in Colorado? Meh!

A very cold and blustery morning today wasn’t fit for man or beast to be outside.  That didn’t stop me and it of course animals have little choice.  One of my bald eagle friends was hanging out in the cold, undoubtedly wondering when spring would be arriving.  She definitely did not look happy.

March 1, 2014 - March in Colorado? Meh! © Tony’s Takes

March 1, 2014 – March in Colorado? Meh! © Tony’s Takes

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Bald eagle works on making a home

Having taken the day off I used the opportunity – and the nice weather – to do some wildlife watching.  First stop was my favorite pair of bald eagles who put on a great show for more than an hour.  Here the male is returning from picking up some nesting material.  I am hoping this means little ones are one the way soon.  If so, it could be any day now.

February 28, 2014 - Bringing back some nest material. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 28, 2014 – Bringing back some nest material. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Nest building eagles

Out and about on a cool Saturday morning and visiting my recently found favorite pair of bald eagles in rural Adams County, Colorado.  I and my son watched them for a good while as they simply sat, warming themselves in the sun.

One takes off and seemed to fly away and we were thinking the show was about to end but in in reality it was just beginning.  The eagle circled back flying to a nearby tree.

Without stopping or missing a beat it grabs a branch in the tree and breaks it off with a loud crack.  Carrying its new-found nest material, the bird circled the nest as it trying to decide where it wanted it then came back and dropped it right on target while landing.  It was a very impressive display.

A bald eagle prepares to drop a newly found branch on its nest in Adams County. (© Tony's Takes)

A bald eagle prepares to drop a newly found branch on its nest in Adams County. (© Tony’s Takes)

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What are you looking at?

I generally don’t have too much luck photographing hawks as they are quite skittish and seem to delight in running from me at about the time I get close enough to take a picture.  This particular hawk along the South Platte River was not different although he did give me a dirty look before taking off again.

February 13, 2014 - A hawk asks,

February 13, 2014 – A hawk asks, “What are you looking at?” (© Tony’s Takes)

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Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds

Driving home I saw a bald eagle in common perch along the South Platte. Despite the late afternoon low sun and the fact the eagle was back-lit pretty heavily, I decided to stop and, boy, am I glad I did.

As I prepared to take a few photos I noticed the iridescent clouds in the background.

Cloud iridescence is caused by clouds (usually cirrus) that have small water droplets or ice crystals in them causing the light to be diffracted, or spread out. The phenomena is much like the rainbow colors seen with oil in water.

I had to brighten up the shadows a bit but all in all it was a nice shot.

February 12, 2014 - Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 12, 2014 – Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds. (© Tony’s Takes)

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