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What’s over there?

A curious coyote pup keeps a close watch on the photographer.  😉   Taken Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Thornton, Colorado.

“What’s over there?” © Tony’s Takes

Gull in flight

A nice looking gull flies overhead.  Normally these birds are viewed with disdain for the noise and mess they make.  Nevertheless, they are pretty when in flight.

Gull in flight. © Tony’s Takes

Gull in flight. © Tony’s Takes

Taking the family for a walk

While camping on the Colorado plains last week we got to enjoy multiple visits from a turkey family.  Mama and her eight little ones would walk through a couple of times a day.  She wasn’t too pretty but her kids were kind of cute.  😉  

Taking the family for a walk. Wild turkeys on the Colorado plains. © Tony’s Takes

Taking the family for a walk. Wild turkeys on the Colorado plains. © Tony’s Takes

Western Kingbird in flight

Little birds are hard to catch in flight as they move so darned fast. Strong winds one day last week had this guy struggling and slowed him down enough to let me get a picture.

The Western Kingbird is common across much of the western United States in the summer. These colorful little birds can be quite aggressive and are known to even chase after raptors. I actually have a pretty cool sequence from last week of one chasing a bald eagle I will share later.

To learn more about this bird, see here.

Western Kingbird in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Western Kingbird in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Prepare for takeoff

A bald eagle prepares for launch in eastern Colorado this morning.  It is unusual for bald eagles to stay in Colorado during the summer so I was absolutely ecstatic to find some around a lake we frequent.  Needless to say, I delayed family water sports whenever I saw one of them and could snap pics.  😉  

Prepare for takeoff! (© Tony’s Takes)

Prepare for takeoff! (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagle launch image

I am enjoying some much needed R & R with the family but of course have the camera in tow. Much to my surprise – and excitement – I have found some bald eagles hanging out at this lake in northeastern Colorado . Here, one of them launches off of a tree this morning. Much more to come when I return.

A bald eagle launches itself from its roost. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle launches itself from its roost. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hunting Harrier Hawk

While camping on Colorado’s northeastern plains I was up with the sun this morning.  I took advantage of the quiet time to take a walk and spotted this Harrier Hawk hunting a nearby field.  He went after a few things but wasn’t having much luck – at least that I could tell. 

A Harrier Hawk hunts on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Harrier Hawk hunts on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

I can fly!

A Double-Crested Cormorant launches from its roost.

A cormorant launches from a tree in northeastern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A cormorant launches from a tree in northeastern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)