One of the mated pair of these cool hooters not far from where I live. It had chosen a perch well within some thick tree cover in an attempt to hide from some crows that were hassling its mate. It worked and I was able to get in some quality time photographing it. I just love their eyes!
Great Horned Owls are common across all of North America and are the type of owl often depicted in storybooks. During the day they are usually sleeping but at night they come alive and hunt with amazing accuracy in the dark.
Sam says, “Merry Christmas!” Judging from the look on his face though, it appears Santa may have just left him coal in his stocking. 😉 From my family to yours, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
I happened across this seasonal visitor yesterday. It was a bit indecisive trying to decide if it wanted to take off or hang out and have its picture taken. Thankfully, its hesitation allowed me to capture a nice shot of this visitor from the Arctic.
Rough Legged Hawks spend their summers in the Arctic where they mate and then spend winters in southern Canada and the lower 48. One of their most notable features is that their legs are feathered all the way down to the toes, one of only three American raptors like that. The other two being the Ferruginous Hawk and the Golden Eagle.
A capture from this past September in Rocky Mountain National Park. I happened across this pretty lady as she was hunting the fields for breakfast. The sun and just come up over the horizon so the light was pretty much perfect – and she looked awesome in it. Best of all, she pretty much ignored me, staying focused on finding food.
Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.
It is Freedom Friday and the start of a long holiday weekend leading up to the celebration of the birth of Our Savior. I’ll be spending plenty of time with family and friends over the period and of course, certainly getting out and taking pictures.
This is a capture from this past weekend when I happened across this gorgeous Eagle northeast of Denver, Colorado. It was in no mood to stop and pose but did give me a nice flight series as it blasted by on a mission.
In the past two weeks I’m seeing Bald Eagle activity pick up quite a bit as more arrive for the season. Seems like this could be a really good winter for observing and photographing them. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Thank you so much for checking out my pictures!
Just like a human child, young animals sometimes seem to revel in having their picture taken. Such was the case with this little lamb in the foothills southwest of Denver, Colorado recently.
While most of the herd ignored me, this one seemed to almost be begging to have its picture taken and of course I was happy to oblige.
Found across much of western North America, Bighorn Sheep are adept mountain climbers, best known for the male ram’s monstrous horns. While the animals are social, rams and ewes typically only meet during mating season. The young are kept on high ledges to help protect them from predators.
I am a bit annoyed / sad / mad about the story I posted this morning so here is a picture in honor of the gorgeous raptor that some jerk shot and killed recently here in Colorado. See my page for a link to the story. It makes me mad and I hope they catch whoever did it.
Perhaps I forgot to wear deodorant on this morning or, more likely, the males of the herd were smelling things up for the rut. This female cow was among the many being courted by the males last month.
She was actually demonstrating what is called the flehmen response. Many mammals will do this, curling their lips, raising their head and inhaling deeply allowing them to get a better sampling of a particular smell that interests them – kind of like a human taking a big whiff to smell something.
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 like this. 😉
Oh, this little one. It was quite the entertainer for me back on the first of July at the top of Mount Evans. It and its mom and come to the top and I was doing my best to get some pictures of the kid. It however almost purposely seemed to evade my every move to get a clear shot.
Just as I would get in position, it would move itself around the side of a big boulder out of view. This went on for a while with me getting more and more annoyed. At one point when it was out of view, it stuck its head up above a boulder and I swear, it truly, purposely stuck its tongue out at me! Sigh. Some people’s kids! 😉