Sunsets on the Great Plains are oftentimes exercises in amazement. The color of the dark, blue skies above coupled with the oranges, pinks and reds near the horizon provide for stunning viewing. On this particular evening, Mother Nature put on quite a colorful show not only looking west as seen here, but in just about every direction. Truly beautiful.
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. 😉
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.
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. 😉
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.
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 Double-Crested Cormorant launches from its roost.
Something a bit different… I stumbled on this toad in the road this morning.
Who knew baby turkey’s were so cute? There was a hen with eight little ones that made visits a couple of times to where I was camping on Colorado’s northeastern plains. The little ones really were cute and much to my surprise, could even fly for a little ways. I didn’t know they could do that.
Kill what? A killdeer that is! While walking along the South Platte River earlier this week I came across a few of these. While I never saw any little ones, I suspect I must have come close to them given how agitated the pair seemed to be with my presence.
The killdeer is a common shorebird that lives year round in all but the coldest parts of the contiguous United States. It is very vocal and actually derives its name from the high-pitched sound it makes. It is also known to put on a ‘broken wing act’ to distract predators from its nest and lead them away.
You can read more about the killdeer and hear samples of its distinctive (annoying!) call here: http://bit.ly/Uxm4nw