Taken near Denver International Airport this morning, this gorgeous raptor was kind enough to pose for me. I was particularly struck by the markings on the head and of course those dangerous looking talons.
The largest of the buteo family in North America, Ferruginous Hawks are oftentimes mistaken for eagles due to their size. You can read more about this cool raptor here.
View more photos of today’s photo excursion in the gallery below the image.
Not a great shot as this was taken from a LONG ways away but… Count ’em – 11 bald eagles on one of the lakes at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge this morning. At one point there were 19!
I don’t normally train my camera on these common ducks but yesterday I couldn’t resist. The male mallard’s brilliant coloring coupled with the reflections of sky and clouds on a pond looked pretty neat.
Today’s photo excursion didn’t start out the best as we headed south of Denver looking for golden eagles and found nothing of much interest. On the way back we see two bald eagles circling the South Platte River right by the highway. We took a quick exit, found a place to park and went walking. The pair had landed – not together unfortunately – and the male sat and posed for us for quite a while. Here he looks a bit less than enthused at the intrusion though. 😉
Scroll down below the image for more shots from today including more of the eagle and coots, wood ducks and more.
We all have that family member that seems to be a little bit different but we love them anyway and they provide plenty of entertainment during the holidays. Such was the case back in June with this family of wild turkeys. One little guy (or gal) always seemed to be running off doing its own thing rather than hanging out with mom like the rest. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
This big guy didn’t mind having his picture taken back in October in Waterton Canyon, Colorado. The Bighorn Sheep in the area are a big attraction for photographers and recreationalists for good reason. This is one location I may be re-visiting during the long holiday weekend. I just have to convince my photo buddy – my son – that it is worth the 12 mile bike ride. 😉
Somehow I suspect the sign doesn’t apply to buck. 😉
A Red Tailed Hawk keeps close watch with its one good eye. I have seen this young one multiple times in the same area of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in recent weeks. Oftentimes it has the one eye closed and its eyelid doesn’t look quite right. When it does open its ‘bad’ eye, it looks almost cross-eyed. Thankfully whatever it may have wrong with it doesn’t seem to impact it otherwise as it flies perfectly fine and runs away from me just like any otherraptor. 😉
I posted this one last week as part of a series of shots showing the results from a new lens but given how beautiful this little one was, I thought it deserved its own showcase. These birds are common across the contiguous United States and Canada although with my focus usually on raptors, I have to admit I have never noticed them.