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The stare of the Burrowing Owl

Taken yesterday morning near Denver International Airport, this adult Burrowing Owl was surprisingly tolerant of my presence and let me take pictures of it from every angle.  It did keep a watchful eye as it sat on a yucca plant shoot. Please feel free to share. 

The stare of a Burrowing Owl. © Tony’s Takes

The stare of a Burrowing Owl. © Tony’s Takes

Swainson’s Hawk flyby

Out and about east of Denver yesterday morning and as always, the hawks were plentiful.  These female Swainson’s Hawk was kind enough to provide me with a very nice flyby.
Swainson's Hawk flyby. © Tony’s Takes

Swainson’s Hawk flyby. © Tony’s Takes

Young bald eagle flyby

This young bald eagle took flight in Adams County, Colorado on May 13, 2014.  It is the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America. It seems fitting to share pictures of our majestic national emblem on this auspicious occasion and I will do so a few times through the day today. Happy birthday, America! 

Young bald eagle flyby. © Tony’s Takes

Young bald eagle flyby. © Tony’s Takes

Burrowing Owl owlet stands at attention

Finally! It took some rather stealthy work but I was finally able to get some decent pics of burrowing owls. These were found north of Denver International Airport. Two owlets were seen – the parents must have been napping in their burrows. Will try tomorrow to see if I can get the whole clan.
A burrowing owl owlet keeps a watchful look. © Tony’s Takes

A burrowing owl owlet keeps a watchful look. © Tony’s Takes

Can I help you?

A burrowing owl seems a bit annoyed with a neighboring prairie dog.  Taken this evening at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.  The burrowing owls are my latest obsession and I am getting frustrated.  They are very, very difficult to find and notoriously shy not letting you get anywhere near close before heading into their holes.  This will be my mission this weekend.  😉  

“Can I help you?” A burrowing owl seems annoyed with a prairie dog. © Tony’s Takes

Bald eagle flyby

It’s been a little while since I posted an #eagle shot. Here is another one of the many I took of this gorgeous one on Colorado’s eastern plains a couple weeks ago. 

Bald eagle flyby in eastern Colorado. © Tony’s Takes

Bald eagle flyby in eastern Colorado. © Tony’s Takes

Curious squirrel

I spent the weekend in the Colorado mountains but found little of interest in the way of wildlife other than this little guy.  I think he was expecting a handout so was more than willing to stay low in the tree and let me take pictures.   

Curious squirrel in the Colorado mountains. © Tony’s Takes

Curious squirrel in the Colorado mountains. © Tony’s Takes

Bald eagle soars with the clouds

Another shot of the bald eagle I took so many pictures of last week.  On the last day of my vacation in northeastern Colorado, this majestic bird gave me a picture perfect flyby, as if to bid me farewell.

Bald eagle soars with the clouds. © Tony’s Takes

Bald eagle soars with the clouds. © Tony’s Takes