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Golden Eagle gets its portrait taken

Golden Eagle gets its portrait taken

Such an absolutely stunning raptor! I’ve been quite close to a Golden in the wild before and their size is something that is hard to appreciate if you haven’t been near one. However, this past weekend I took part in an event that let me get within just a few feet of one and, well, wow! A local wildlife photographer group arranged for a visit with Nature's Educators, a non-profit group that does public outreach events to educate the public on ...

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I see you down there!

I see you down there!

"I see you down there!" A Great Horned Owl owlet checks out the photographer in Thornton, Colorado. My time with this trio was brief but so much fun. I learned about the nest early last week. On the day of this picture, Thursday, two, including this one were in the nest still. One had fallen out of the nest and was perched in a bush on the other side of the trail. The nest day, all three were out of ...

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Some Monday morning serenity with a gorgeous sunrise

Some Monday morning serenity with a gorgeous sunrise

The first day of the workweek is rarely a fun one and Monday oftentimes lives up to its reputation. Rather than feed the fire, here’s an image I snapped this weekend to calm things down. This was actually looking to the north at a 90-degree angle to the sunrise. The rising sun lit up the cool, cotton ball clouds and the reflection colored the ice and water orange. When you get stressed today, just try to think of a scene ...

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High key Bison bull head on

High key Bison bull head on

One for Tatanka Tuesday! The Bison herd at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado has seen a half dozen new births this spring. I keep trying but I have yet to get good pics of the little ones as they keep hanging out too far away. This past weekend, some of the big bulls provided a nice consolation prize. Here, one of the big boys marches right toward me. The light was drab due to overcast skies and ...

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The diamond ring

The diamond ring

Oh my. I cannot begin to describe what I experienced yesterday. Eclipse 2017 was everything I had hoped it would be. Breathtaking would be a good word for it. Here you see the ‘diamond ring effect’ – the few seconds right before the eclipse enters totality. Nothing short of amazing! I had planned on driving home right afterwards but unfortunately traffic kept me in place. I did actually start to head for home and didn’t make it two miles before hitting a ...

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Kestrel flips photographer the bird

This American Kestrel may not have appreciated having his picture taken this morning as he appeared to be giving me the one finger salute.  😉  After a frustrating morning covering lots of miles with little to show for it, I was happy to find this little guy on the last leg home.

An American Kestrel scratches its face in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Kestrel scratches its face in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ferruginous Hawk keeps watch

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.

A Ferruginous Hawk keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

Eagles on ice

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!

Bald eagles relax on the ice of a lake at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagles relax on the ice of a lake at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

Handsome mallard drake on a reflective pond

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.

A Mallard Duck drake enjoys the water.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mallard Duck drake enjoys the water. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Go away! I’m not a turkey!”

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.

A bald eagle on Thanksgiving seems to be reminding the photographer that he is not a turkey.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle on Thanksgiving seems to be reminding the photographer that he is not a turkey. (© Tony’s Takes)

Thanksgiving is about family – even those relatives that are a little ‘off’

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!

A wild turkey hen and her jennys cross a road in northeastern Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A wild turkey hen and her jennys cross a road in northeastern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Posing Bighorn Ram

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. 😉

A Bighorn Sheep ram poses for the camera.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bighorn Sheep ram poses for the camera. (© Tony’s Takes)

I’ve got my eye on you!

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’ve got my eye on you!” A Red Tailed Hawk with an apparently damaged eye gives a stare. (© Tony’s Takes)

Iridescent European Starling

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.

You can read more about this species here.

A European Starling enjoys a mild, clear day in the Denver area. (© Tony’s Takes)

A European Starling enjoys a mild, clear day in the Denver area. (© Tony’s Takes)