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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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Colorado’s mountains may get the press but the plains can hold their own

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. 

Sunset on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunset on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Taking the family for a walk

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.  😉  

Taking the family for a walk. Wild turkeys on the Colorado plains. © Tony’s Takes

Taking the family for a walk. Wild turkeys on the Colorado plains. © Tony’s Takes

Western Kingbird in flight

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.

To learn more about this bird, see here.

Western Kingbird in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Western Kingbird in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Prepare for takeoff

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.  😉  

Prepare for takeoff! (© Tony’s Takes)

Prepare for takeoff! (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagle launch image

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.

A bald eagle launches itself from its roost. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle launches itself from its roost. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hunting Harrier Hawk

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 Harrier Hawk hunts on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Harrier Hawk hunts on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

I can fly!

A Double-Crested Cormorant launches from its roost.

A cormorant launches from a tree in northeastern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A cormorant launches from a tree in northeastern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Baby turkey in the thick of things

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.

In the thick of things. (© Tony’s Takes)

In the thick of things. (© Tony’s Takes)

Killdeer in flight

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

Killdeer in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Killdeer in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)