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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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Mountain Goat profile

This mountain goat was more than willing to pose for me back in August.  Taken on a cold, blustery morning on top Colorado’s Mount Evans, the goats provided hours of photo opportunities.  They actually are an invasive species in the state having been brought here in the mid to late 20th century.

A Mountain Goat on top of Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mountain Goat on top of Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rufous Hummingbird in flight

Taken this past August in Colorado State Forest State Park. These little birds are incredible fliers known for their precision maneuverability and intolerance of other hummingbirds that might intrude on its territory.

A Rufous Hummingbird is seen in flight.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Rufous Hummingbird is seen in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Red-Tailed Hawk takes flight

This image, taken a couple weeks ago in Adams County, Colorado, shows a Red Tailed Hawk just after it launched from a nearby post.  It was more than willing to give my son and I some great poses and action shots.

A Red-Tailed Hawk launches with Colorado's Rocky Mountains faintly visible in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-Tailed Hawk launches with Colorado’s Rocky Mountains faintly visible in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

Double trouble

Two bighorn sheep rams stand side by side in Waterton Canyon, Colorado.

The bighorn rut is starting to gear up and as it does, the rams will begin battling for dominance and the right to mate. Throwing themselves at each other at speeds up to 20mph, the rams will bow their heads and crash their massive horns into each other. This will repeat, sometimes for hours, until one of them submits and walks off.

Two bighorn sheep rams in Colorado stand side by side.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Two bighorn sheep rams in Colorado stand side by side. (© Tony’s Takes)

Hey! Look at me!

This handsome looking wood duck drake seemed to be quite proud of himself this past Saturday. I had never seen these birds in person but was intrigued enough by the opportunity to drive quite a good ways to go to a spot where they frequent. They definitely did not disappoint as they are arguably one of the prettiest water fowl you could imagine.

Check out the complete gallery from my time with them here.

A wood duck drake poses for the camera.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A wood duck drake poses for the camera. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ooh that feels good!

A rather sizable bison uses a tree as a scratching post at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The last couple times I have been out there the herd was in an area to the north of the refuge that is closed to the public. Today there were a couple in the public area thankfully.

A bison uses a tree as a scratching post at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bison uses a tree as a scratching post at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

 

Shake it off!

A wood duck flaps its wings to dry off following a quick dive it took chasing a meal.

I’m not normally too much into taking pictures of water fowl but these guys are the coolest. Their colors are just brilliant and they are very entertaining to watch. They aren’t particularly common in the area I live but there is a little hotspot not far away at Sterne Park, Littleton, Colorado where they are known to hang out.

View the complete gallery of images from my photo shoot with the wood ducks below.  You can learn more about this colorful duck here.

A wood duck flaps its wings to dry off following a quick dive it took chasing a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A wood duck flaps its wings to dry off following a quick dive it took chasing a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

Waves of clouds

While taking pictures of yesterday’s solar eclipse some clouds moved in obscuring the view right as it was nearing its maximum. These clouds in and of themselves proved to provide a pretty cool photo opportunity.

Called ‘KH Clouds’ or Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds , these take on a form resembling a series of ocean waves. Differences in wind velocities at two different layers of air cause these cool formations. You can read more about KH Clouds here.

Kelvin-Helmoltz Clouds near Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)

Kelvin-Helmoltz Clouds near Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Closeup of Kelvin-Helmoltz Clouds near Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)

Closeup of Kelvin-Helmoltz Clouds near Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)