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Mama fox looking for a meal to feed the kits

I happened across this pretty lady a couple of times this past summer. She didn’t have much a fear of people which is probably not a good thing overall. However, for this photographer, it worked out well.  She had caught a bird and dropped it off for her kits and then headed back out looking for more food.

While they aren’t seen often, Red Foxes are quite common across the entire Northern Hemisphere from near the equator to the Arctic Circle. They are extremely adaptable and able to coexist in areas with large human populations. Taken near Mount Evans, Colorado.

A female Red Fox hunts for food in the Colorado high country.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Red Fox hunts for food in the Colorado high country. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Red Fox hunts for food in the Colorado high country.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Red Fox hunts for food in the Colorado high country. (© Tony’s Takes)

Oh, give me a home, where the Buffalo roam…

It is National Bison Day so I sure can’t let that go by without notice. This image was taken last weekend and is one I absolutely love. This massive Bison bull was hanging out alone on the Great Plains. In the distance, the snow-capped Rocky Mountains.

These massive animals were hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1700s and 1800s with as few as 750 reported by 1890. Their numbers have since rebounded with about 500,000 now living on public and private lands.

It used to be we called these buffalo but that actually was incorrect. While they are part of the same family that includes the European and African buffalo, the Bison is its own, distinct species. It is believed they were called buffalo by early North American explorers due to their resemblance to the Old-World species. Native Americans call them Tatanka, a Lakota word that translated means “bull buffalo.”

In May 2016 the Bison became the official mammal of the United States, a fitting and long overdue honor.

Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

An American Bison bull walks across the Great Plains with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in the distance. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Bison bull walks across the Great Plains with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in the distance. (© Tony’s Takes)

Big brother?

This young White-tailed Deer buck was curious about the new, seasonal arrivals but he also tried to bully them a bit, kicking at them. Mom tolerated it for a while but then chased him off. Here, before he became aggressive, one of the fawns and the yearling enjoy a tender looking moment. I hope you all have a great weekend!

A White-tailed Deer fawn greets a young buck.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer fawn greets a young buck. (© Tony’s Takes)

You’re still at work? Go home!

This gorgeous Bald Eagle is wondering why you are still at your desk and not already enjoying your weekend. Remember – It is 5:00 somewhere! Have a great one everyone and TGIF!

A Bald Eagle wonders why humans are still at work on a Friday afternoon.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle wonders why humans are still at work on a Friday afternoon. (© Tony’s Takes)

Beavers hard at work

Not a creature I have gotten many images of but this pair was very cooperative on the South Platte River. They were hard at work gathering material to add to their lodge, climbing the banks and grabbing material then hopping back in the water and carefully placing it at their home. Lighting was dim in the canyon but it was fun to watch them hard at work.

A Beaver drags branches down to the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Beaver drags branches down to the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Beaver returns to its lodge on the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Beaver returns to its lodge on the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Beaver returns to its lodge on the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Beaver returns to its lodge on the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bugling big boy

The annual Elk rut is over and they have settled down and are preparing for a long, cold winter. This image was taken back in the middle of September at the height of the mating season.

While this bull looked and sounded quite impressive as he patrolled the hills, the ladies either weren’t very taken with him or he was not as good of a fighter as you might guess from his looks. There was only one cow in the area and she was doing her best to avoid him. I guess looks aren’t everything. 😉

An Elk bull bugles hoping to attract the females. (© Tony’s Takes)

An Elk bull bugles hoping to attract the females. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hoo, hoo dares to enter?

A bit of an eerie scene for Halloween as a Great Horned Owl stands watch. This image was purely a case of photographer error but when I snapped it back in April, I knew it would make a good one for today.

The cool dude was hanging out in a thick stand of trees but I was forced to shoot directly into the rising sun. I failed to adjust my settings for the dark foreground / bright background and ended up with this silhouette instead of a properly exposed image. Turns out sometimes mistakes can be good things. 😉

I wish you all a very happy All Hallows’ Eve and hope you manage to avoid any scary creatures.

A silhouetted Great Horned Owl keeps watch on Halloween. (© Tony’s Takes)

A silhouetted Great Horned Owl keeps watch on Halloween. (© Tony’s Takes)

I see you back there!

It is Moose Monday and today’s capture comes to you from the forests in Grand County, Colorado back in August. While the rest of my camping crew opted to sleep in, I headed up further into the national forest hoping to find Moose as we have seen them in this area before.

I went 7 miles up a dirt road without a single capture and then turned around. Finally, just a mile before camp, I see a big guy standing right in the road. When he moved off into the woods, I saw there was a second one. While one entirely ignored me, one did make sure to keep an eye on me.

A Moose bull keeps close watch behind him as he walks through a Colorado forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Moose bull keeps close watch behind him as he walks through a Colorado forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

Good looking juvenile Bald Eagle on a poor light morning

This young one was such a willing photo subject yesterday morning. If only the light had been better! It was heavily overcast early on and the lack of light did not do this series of images any of favors. Nevertheless, it was good to see the young one. I in fact saw a total of eight eagles yesterday, signs of them returning to the Colorado Front Range for the season.

A juvenile Bald Eagle poses on an overcast morning in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Bald Eagle poses on an overcast morning in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bold Jumping Spider tries to nab a meal

Not particularly great pics but kind of fun. A couple weeks ago I was photographing the butterflies that were migrating through and hanging out on our miniature rose bushes. I spotted this mean looking dude staking out one of the flowers. It never tried to get one of the butterflies but when a bee would come, it would jump at it and try to snag it. It wasn’t successful during the time I was watching but it was kind of fun to see.

A Bold Jumping Spider prepares to pounce on a bee.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bold Jumping Spider prepares to pounce on a bee. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bold Jumping Spider waits for a meal to arrive.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bold Jumping Spider waits for a meal to arrive. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bold Jumping Spider prepares to pounce on a bee.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bold Jumping Spider prepares to pounce on a bee. (© Tony’s Takes)