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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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Breakfast is served: Osprey enjoys a meal of fish

My plan was to find some bald eagles in northern Colorado where I had luck last weekend.  Today they were more elusive and nowhere to be found so I found a few other subjects including a hungry osprey.

The goslings, great blue heron and red-winged blackbird are quite common in Colorado this time of year.  The heron, as usual, proved to be the most difficult to get close to and as usual, I ended up with only a parting shot.

The osprey is the male of a pair that nests at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.  She was sitting on her eggs while he had the opportunity to roam around.  He flew off soon after I arrived but returned with his breakfast – a fish.  It was fun watching him eat but I do wish he had cooperated for some good flight shots.

An osprey enjoys his breakfast on a light pole.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An osprey enjoys his breakfast on a light pole. (© Tony’s Takes)

Soft and fluffy

Up in Longmont (Colorado) today looking for bald eagles and while I had no luck with them, I did find a much smaller bird to take pictures of.  My daughter says it looks ‘soft and fluffy’ and I reckon indeed this gosling does.  😉

A gosling walks through some grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gosling walks through some grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wayward Fairlane

I went for a walk as usual today and didn’t really get anything particularly great scenery or wildlife wise.  I did however find this old 1958 Ford Fairlane half buried in the bottom of what used to be a riverbed.  With some softening and saturation of the colors I think it looks kind of cool. 

Wayward Fairlane. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wayward Fairlane. (© Tony’s Takes)

An angry Colorado sky

Yesterday brought severe weather to the Denver area, including a few tornadoes.  Today the weather was still interesting but far less violent.  The skies were nevertheless pretty cool looking.

An angry sky near Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An angry sky near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Maybe if I’m very quiet that guy with the camera won’t see me!

Great Horned Owlet this past Sunday in Thornton, Colorado.  This is one of the owlets I have been documenting in recent weeks and it won’t be long before it and its sibling are gone.  Just in the past week they have moved from the tree with the nest to a separate stand of trees about 25 yards away.

“Maybe if I’m very quiet that guy with the camera won’t see me!” (© Tony’s Takes)

Fog shrouded Rocky Mountains

Taken early yesterday morning in Longmont, Colorado  as the sun was rising.  Looking to the west, Longs Peak was starting to be bathed in filtered sunlight while fog hovered close to the ground at lower altitudes.

A soft look at the Rockies. (© Tony’s Takes)

A soft look at the Rockies. (© Tony’s Takes)

Photogenic bald eagles in Longmont, Colorado

Rumor had it there was a pair of bald eagles hanging out near McIntosh Lake in Longmont so I headed that way this morning. Found them right off the bat.

Initially tough shooting conditions with low clouds and having to shoot facing into the sunrise. The female soon left but the male turned around into the sun and then stayed and posed for two hours. I ended up giving up after that and packing it in.

Do wish he had flown off at some point so I could get some action shots but I am not going to complain. 

Aren't I just mahvelous? (© Tony’s Takes)

Aren’t I just mahvelous? (© Tony’s Takes)

Swainson’s Hawks galore

Lacking any better alternatives I once again headed east of Denver to the area north of Denver International Airport.  As expected I found plenty of Swainson’s Hawks willing to provide me with ample photo opportunities.  This time they were quite cooperative with some great launches and landings.

Daddy and Mama keeping an eye on the nest.  Amazingly the nest is right next to a busy road and only about 10 feet in the air.  One of my favorites from the day. (© Tony’s Takes)

Daddy and Mama keeping an eye on the nest. Amazingly the nest is right next to a busy road and only about 10 feet in the air. One of my favorites from the day. (© Tony’s Takes)

Swainson’s Hawk close flyby

Swainson’s Hawk today in Adams County, Colorado.  I don’t have a problem getting these raptors to give me picture perfect flybys.  What I do have a problem with is Mother Nature giving me gray skies as a backdrop.  😉

Swainson's Hawk flyby.  © Tony’s Takes

Swainson’s Hawk flyby. © Tony’s Takes

Full flower moon

‘Full Flower Moon’ as seen from #Denver, Colorado. Clear, early morning skies provided a great viewing of the full moon today. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name comes from the fact that flower “spring forth in abundance this month.” It also is called the Full Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

Full Flower Moon. © Tony’s Takes

Full Flower Moon. © Tony’s Takes