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Freedom’s cry!

One more for Patriot Day. Our nation’s emblem symbolizes the spirit of this great nation – ferocious and unrelenting when we must be as we were in the days and years following that horrific date. We are, however, by nature a peaceful, loving nation, and one that would prefer to extend the olive branch.

A Bald Eagle announces its arrival. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle announces its arrival. (© Tony’s Takes)

Profile portrait of our nation’s emblem

It is hard to imagine a more fitting creature to represent this great nation. Regal, majestic, relentless, indomitable and honorable might be some adjectives you could use to describe both.

I found this fellow last November at St. Vrain State Park in Colorado as he surveyed the ponds, no doubt contemplating a nice meal.

There aren’t too many Bald Eagles readily around right now but that will change in the coming months as the temperatures cool and they come here to spend the winter months. As always, I am very much looking forward to that time!

A Bald Eagle strikes a regal pose at Colorado's St Vrain State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle strikes a regal pose at Colorado’s St Vrain State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle flies head on into the holiday weekend

Such impressive creatures and I think a panoramic crop of this handsome fellow coming straight at you does a nice job of showcasing its six plus foot wide wingspan.

Taken back in April, this image is of the male at my local nest, being grumpy as he almost always is. He did not care for strangers and anyone coming even remotely near his home could be guaranteed a flyby while he checked them out and let them know they were not welcome.

As the spring and summer wore on though, he became far more used to the traffic in the area (there is a regional bike trail nearby). He and his mate successfully raised one young one this year.

I haven’t seen them in a couple of months which isn’t unusual as they spread out after their young fledges. I do hope they return this winter / spring and make their home in the same spot.

Bald eagles have been a spiritual symbol of Native Americans for hundreds of years. There were variations between tribes as to the eagles’ symbolism but for most it generally represented bravery, wisdom, strength and courage. It was believed that the eagles carried prayers to the Great Spirit.

Panoramic image of a male Bald Eagle flying head one in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Panoramic image of a male Bald Eagle flying head one in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle slips, looks less than regal

Have you ever had one of those moments when you thought you were just the coolest thing and then did something totally embarrassing wiping away any thoughts of being awesome? Such was the case with this normally cool dude.

He was sitting on high and decided to rearrange a bit on his perch. While the stand was small, this usually isn’t a problem for eagles however he slipped a bit and had to flap his wings to get back in position. Probably a bit embarrassing for this normally handsome, stoic creature. 😉

A Bald Eagle slips off its perch in Longmont, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle slips off its perch in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

It’s 5:00 on Friday! Let’s get out of here!

This male Bald Eagle is reflecting what many folks were doing / feeling right at that hour. He was crouching down and ready to get the heck out of there. This is the male of the pair I watched all spring and much of summer along the South Platte River. They have spread out now that their little one has left the nest but I hope to see them again in six months or so at the same spot.

A male Bald Eagle preps to launch into the air - and the weekend. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Bald Eagle preps to launch into the air – and the weekend. (© Tony’s Takes)

Stare into my eyes!

Juvenile Bald Eagles may not be quite as handsome as they will be when they turn five and have their full, white heads, but that doesn’t mean they are bad looking. Indeed, they are gorgeous as well, even if they look quite different. As a benefit to wildlife watchers, the young ones are also far more tolerant of people, oftentimes viewing us bipedal lifeforms as a curiosity.

Such was the case with this juvenile in Adams County, Colorado this past winter. It was perched on a pole alongside a country road and me stopping right beside it didn’t bother it one bit. In fact, it sat there staring at me just as I was staring at it.

Have a great weekend and TGIF!

A juvenile Bald Eagle gives an intense stare into the camera. (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Bald Eagle gives an intense stare into the camera. (© Tony’s Takes)

Male Bald Eagle on an attack vector

You don’t mess with this raptor or his offspring. That message was loud and clear when an unrelated Bald Eagle dared to enter its territory.

As I was watching him and his young one, he became quite agitated and made a huge ruckus. I could see he was looking in the distance behind me and I turned to see another eagle daring to approach. Dad did not find that acceptable and quickly launched and pursued the interloper, chasing it away before it got anywhere near the nest.

This image was taken back in June on one of my last visits to this site. The young eaglet has now fledged and the family is dispersed. With any luck, next spring the adults will return and have yet another successful mating season. Have a great weekend and TGIF!

A male Bald Eagle sets off in pursuit of another eagle that dared to enter its territory along the South Platte River in Adams County, Colorado.   (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Bald Eagle sets off in pursuit of another eagle that dared to enter its territory along the South Platte River in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Gear down, prepared for landing

A nice showcase of the huge wingspan of these gorgeous raptors. Having failed on its first fishing trip of the morning, this guy returned to one of his favorite perches and gave me a few nice approach shots.

A Bald Eagle prepares to land in Boulder County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle prepares to land in Boulder County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Chow time!

That looks like an absolutely delicious breakfast, eh? 😉 This male Bald Eagle caught this good-sized fish from the adjacent lake and was kind enough to return to the same roost to devour its meal. Unfortunately for it, it only got it about half way eaten when it accidentally dropped the fish to the ground. At least it got part of a meal! Taken a couple of weeks ago in Boulder County, Colorado

A male Bald Eagle dines on a fish it caught from a nearby lake in Boulder County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Bald Eagle dines on a fish it caught from a nearby lake in Boulder County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle brings home a big breakfast

It is Freedom Friday and here’s a cool capture I recently took.

With their young one having fledged, this male and his mate have some free time and have returned to hanging out a lake in northern Colorado. When I stopped by a couple of weeks ago, I found him standing proudly in their favorite tree. After a time, he went out and attempted to fish but came back empty handed (or taloned as it were).

Undeterred, he tried again and was rewarded for his effort with a very nice sized catch. In this image, he is returning to the tree with his meal. Fish are certainly the Bald Eagle’s preferred meal. Here in Colorado though, water is sparse so you are just as likely to find them hunting waterfowl or prairie dogs.

Have a great weekend and TGIF!

A male Bald Eagle returns to its roost with a fish firmly in its grasp. Taken in Boulder County, Colorado. © Tony’s Takes)

A male Bald Eagle returns to its roost with a fish firmly in its grasp. Taken in Boulder County, Colorado. © Tony’s Takes)

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