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Bald Eagle yoga?

Yoga is all the craze now and even the raptors are getting into it. 😉 I happened across this handsome fellow a couple of weeks ago on my way home from work. I’m guessing it had been sitting perched for quite a while on this pole as before it left, it went through a rather extensive stretching routine including this pose where it stood on one leg and extended its wings and other leg. Kind of amusing to see.

A Bald Eagle stretches while perched on a pole in Adams County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle stretches while perched on a pole in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle flies into the New Year

Well yes, of course I am going to start out 2018 with a picture of my favorite creature. 😉 I happened across this gorgeous young eagle not too far from home the day after Christmas. Temperatures were in the single digits and I wasn’t too thrilled about having to walk a good ways to get a good view. Nevertheless, I did and it was kind enough to reward me with some nice poses and this great flyby showcasing its impressive wingspan.

A young Bald Eagle soars with ease in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bald Eagle soars with ease in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video slideshow: Bald Eagle top shots 2017

As most everyone knows, these majestic creatures are my love and passion. I spend more time photographing Bald Eagles than any other creature and simply cannot get enough of them.

This past year I was fortunate to have captured images of dozens of them, most notably I documented two nest sites that both successfully fledged young. Here are my top shots of these raptors from the past year.

I hope you enjoy these captures of our national emblem as much as I did taking them. If you like these, be sure to check out my 2018 calendars and photo book.

Sam the Bald Eagle says, “Merry Christmas”

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!

Sam the Bald Eagle says, "Merry Christmas".  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sam the Bald Eagle says, “Merry Christmas”. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle makes a fast-moving flyby

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!

A fabulously detailed Bald Eagle flies by fast on the plains of Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A fabulously detailed Bald Eagle flies by fast on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle launches for breakfast

A bit of a funny story about this image… I and three other photographers were watching this handsome fellow as he sat perched in a tree by a lake. There was a dead fish on the ice about 30 feet away that another Eagle had dropped earlier. We were joking about how cool it would be if it came down and snagged that fish off the ice.

Well, I swear it must have been listening because what did it do? Out of the blue it launched and grabbed that fish! It all happened so fast I couldn’t get my tripod head loosened quick enough to capture the action of the grab. So frustrating!

I did however grab this nice shot not long after it launched. As I sit here typing this, I am still annoyed and can’t believe it came down and grabbed it so close to us.

The lakes here on the Colorado Front Range are starting to freeze up so there isn’t much open water left for the Eagles to fish. This will drive them out into the fields and prairies where rabbits and prairie dogs will become their primary source of food for a couple of months until things start to thaw out. Have a great weekend, everyone, and TGIF!

A Bald Eagle drops from its perch to snag a fish from a frozen lake. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle drops from its perch to snag a fish from a frozen lake. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video: Fishing fun with Bald Eagles

A couple of weeks ago I visited one of my favorite hot spots for eagle activity. There were about a dozen there and they put on quite a show. I managed to capture a number of sequences of them fishing for breakfast. I was disappointed in the quality of the images as for the most part, the eagles were a long ways off necessitating heavy cropping to show the action. Putting them in a photo slideshow allows me to show the action of them all and helps to make up for the lack of quality.

Fantastic flight shot for Freedom Friday!

The workday is done and now we escape into the weekend and after the week I have had, I am very happy about that to say the least. This Bald Eagle from a couple of weeks ago symbolizes how I feel right now as I get a couple of days break to recharge and get back after it. Are you ready for the weekend?

A Bald Eagle soars across a clear, blue sky in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle soars across a clear, blue sky in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The business end of a Bald Eagle

Yup, I think those things would do some damage and I certainly would not want to be on the wrong side of them! 😉

One of my ‘friends’ was not too inclined to fly on this particular day due to some pretty strong winds. With him wanting to sit still so nicely, I was able to get a closeup of those amazing talons.

Bald Eagles are believed to have a grasp capable of exerting an astonishing 400psi. By comparison, the average human’s hand comes in around 20psi. Needless to say, when an eagle latches on to a rabbit, prairie dog or fish, the prey isn’t very likely to get away.

Closeup image of a Bald Eagle's talons. (© Tony’s Takes)

Closeup image of a Bald Eagle’s talons. (© Tony’s Takes)

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