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Coyote on the hunt for breakfast

Coyote on the hunt for breakfast

Such a pretty lady, eh? She looked absolutely stunning as she hunted the fields in the Upper Beaver Meadows area of Rocky Mountain National Park this past Sunday. It seems like if I see coyotes in the park, this is usually the spot. The ones there seem quite comfortable with the humans that intrude on their domain and oftentimes just go about their business, ignoring the interlopers. This particular one was clearly looking for a meal, at one point stopping and listening ...

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Bison graze at ease along the Madison River

Bison graze at ease along the Madison River

This beautiful scene kickstarted our visit to Yellowstone National Park last month. Winter had been harsh up there with a great deal of snowfall and the spring was a wet one. However, all that moisture made for a lush, green landscape and rivers flowing full and quick. Soon after arrival we set out for a quick exploration trip and found a herd of bison grazing along the banks of the river. Above, a cloud-dotted sky with spots of bright blue peering ...

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The intense focus of a raptor

The intense focus of a raptor

While raptors like this Red-tailed Hawk are certainly gorgeous, they are also ferocious predators. With the right look, they can look quite pretty but at the same time be downright intimidating as this pretty lady appears in this capture. Karma is a captive bird, used for falconry and education. A few weeks ago I and my son got the opportunity to spend a lot of time photographing her and some other raptors up close and personal. Found across all of North America, Red-tailed ...

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The master of the deep forest

The master of the deep forest

Rumor had it that the Moose in my favorite area had finally returned after spending the past month or so at higher altitude. The weather looked iffy at best but I could not resist at least making an attempt to see them Sunday. At 10,000+ feet in altitude I knew it would be cold and fresh snow had fallen. There was some welcome sun initially but soon the clouds descended bringing a thick fog and snow began to fall again. It ...

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Barn Owl owlet puts on a show

Barn Owl owlet puts on a show

Such a ham. While its siblings remained hidden in the next within the tree cavity, this little one seemed to revel in the attention myself and a half dozen other photographers gave him a few weeks ago. Three times he scampered out of the nest, and then back in, climbing around and putting on a display each time. It was undoubtedly a bit cramped down in the home so this particular time it chose to stretch its wings above its head. ...

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Majestic Bald Eagle takes in the morning sun

Out for a drive this morning looking for bald eagles in a spot where a couple had been seen recently. Only found one but it was quite willing to pose while perched on a power pole. Unfortunately I didn’t get any flight shots as when it did take off, it turned around and went away from me.

Scroll down below the image for more photos from the morning drive.

A bald eagle takes in the morning sun in Firestone, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle takes in the morning sun in Firestone, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bevy of Birds (and a Bison) with New Tamron Lens

Finally some sun – and time – allowing me to get out and give the new Tamron SP 150-600 a good field test.  Early to mid-afternoon time period not ideal in terms of lighting but the lens handled it well.  All images hand-held.

Snow doe

This whitetail deer doe was quite curious about the guy taking her picture. She looked beautiful in the freshly fallen snow just outside of Denver, Colorado.

A white tailed deer doe walks through a field covered in fresh snow.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A white tailed deer doe walks through a field covered in fresh snow. (© Tony’s Takes)

First images with Tamron SP 150-600

First images from my new Tamron SP 150-600 mm taken this afternoon. Conditions weren’t very good with overcast skies and it being mid-afternoon but it was good to finally use the new glass. All in all I am very impressed and happy with the results. Looking forward to playing with it more.  I shot shutter priority for them all in order to keep the speed up. All images were hand-held – a real trick with this big thing.

 

Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk on a cold morning

This young one was hanging out trying to warm up on a very cold morning this past Sunday. Like most Red Tails, it wasn’t feeling particularly sociable and didn’t let me get too close but I did manage a couple nice shots before it took off. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver, Colorado.

A juvenile Red-Tail Hawk.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Red-Tail Hawk. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Hey! Are you checking out my butt?”

A mule deer doe seems to be a bit upset with my chosen camera angle for this shot. 😉 Taken this past Sunday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado, this lady and two of her friends were hanging out with a nearby buck. It was a cold but sunny morning and the deer were quite active allowing for plenty of photo opportunities. If you are ever in the Denver area, the Arsenal is a ‘must see’ attraction with abundant wildlife, much of which you can see without ever leaving your vehicle.

A mule deer doe seems a bit surprised about having her picture taken.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A mule deer doe seems a bit surprised about having her picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)

Kestrel on a wire

I saw this little guy yesterday in an area known for hawks but it was cold, windy and snowy so I knew anything I captured would be less than stellar. Today I went back by and there he was, perched on a wire enjoying the (somewhat) milder temperatures and the warming morning sun. American Kestrels are North America’s smallest falcon but as fierce as any raptor.

An American Kestrel sits perched on a wire near Denver International Airport.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Kestrel sits perched on a wire near Denver International Airport. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Wood duck reflection

I am still amazed at how absolutely beautiful these ducks are.  This is another shot from my time at a pond that these ducks frequent in the fall.  The reflection of the yellow leaves and the duck itself make for a pleasant image.

A male wood duck swims across a pond with the fall colors reflected on the water.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male wood duck swims across a pond with the fall colors reflected on the water. (© Tony’s Takes)

Touch down!

This was actually more of a touch and go as soon after putting its weight on the branch, this bald eagle realized it was too small to support him. Cloudy skies and poor lighting but the action was top notch. A tip from a good friend alerted me to a pair of eagles hanging out near the South Platte River not far from where I live. I hot-tailed it down there with my son and was not disappointed. This one was hanging out with another and after they left, we hiked some more and found another pair. All-in-all a heck of a great day.

A bald eagle touches down in a tree in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle touches down in a tree in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Buck beds down in the snow

A very cold morning here in the Denver area (15° F or so) and light snow. The deer out at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal were out and about and relatively active despite the cold weather. This buck and a doe were taking it easy and bedded down in some tall grass – keeping a close eye on me though. 😉 He might have escaped unseen were it not for those big antlers stick up!

A mule deer buck lies in the grass as snow falls.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A mule deer buck lies in the grass as snow falls. (© Tony’s Takes)