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Bald Eagle focused on flying for Freedom Friday

I was flipping through some older pictures and came across a Bald Eagle launch sequence I had captured back in February 2017. This fantastic raptor was sitting high up on a high tension power line pole keeping watch on a nearby prairie dog colony.

I recall waiting and waiting and waiting for it to do something and was about to give up when it finally decided to take flight. I ended up with a nice, full sequence of images of it. This particular one was one of the first in the series not long after it leapt into action.

Have a great weekend and get out there and see some of all that Mother Nature has to offer!

A gorgeous Bald Eagle takes flight in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gorgeous Bald Eagle takes flight in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle bathed in the early morning light

Well, my last few photo outings have been pretty much duds. Subjects were non-existent or uncooperative or the resulting pics just sucked. So, I am jumping back to Tax Day for this image.

This is the male of my favorite mated pair of eagles. He had just returned from dropping off some nesting material and stopped and posed not long after sunrise.

Temperatures are cooling here in Colorado (finally) and while I am not anxious for the end of summer, it does mean the seasonal Eagles will be returning soon and that makes me happy.

A male Bald Eagle is bathed in the golden light of sunrise near Denver, Colorado.   (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Bald Eagle is bathed in the golden light of sunrise near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

America’s symbol launching into the sky

An American Bald Eagle launches into the sky near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Bald Eagle launches into the sky near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Jumping back to February 18 for this picture for Freedom Friday. I visited one of my favorite Bald Eagle nests southwest of Denver, Colorado and spent the morning with the resident pair. Initially, they were nowhere to be found so I started driving around checking any place I thought they might be. Finally, I came across the male about a half mile away. He didn’t hang around but did head back toward the nest and so did I. There I found them both. Here is one shot of him just as he was leaping into that crisp, Colorado air.

Happiness is finding some old friends unexpectedly

Returning from a less than great photo drive on a dreary day two weekends ago, I spot two Bald Eagles in an area in which I normally only see eagles in the winter. I of course had to stop and investigate and much to my surprise, I knew them!

This is a mated pair from a nearby nest and I know this because the male (right) has distinctive dark spots on its head. You all have actually seen pictures of them many times in the past.

Unfortunately, this year, the nest failed early on so there were no offspring. I suspect that was the result of a couple of folks intruding on their nesting area too often and too close as I had witnessed more than once this spring. That is unfortunate as during mating season, they are particularly sensitive and it doesn’t take much to throw them off and ruin any chance of another generation of eagles.

I gave a couple gentle hints to the offenders this year but next year I won’t be so kind and likely will involve the authorities. It is fine to watch them and, depending on the situation, watch relatively closely but there are limits.

A mated pair of Bald Eagles hangs out in Adams County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A mated pair of Bald Eagles hangs out in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Flyby for Freedom Friday

Oh my goodness this lady is just beautiful. She is the matriarch at one of the Bald Eagle nests I watch and is always impressive.

It is however somewhat unusual to see her doing housework, that is normally something the male does at this particular nest. On this morning, perhaps the male just got tired of doing everything and laid down the law, prompting her to go fetch a small stick to add to the home. 😉 Image taken back in April.

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.

A female Bald Eagle returns to her nest with a small stick. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Bald Eagle returns to her nest with a small stick. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunshine State Bald Eagle

Yup, no matter where I go, I am going to find the eagles, you can be sure of that. Ha! Taken back at the end of May on our family vacation. This was one of a nesting pair near Kissimmee, Florida as it returned from an unsuccessful fishing trip.

I was struck by how much smaller the eagles down there were than the ones we have here in the west. I knew there were two different subspecies of my favorite raptor with the ones to the south being smaller but was surprised how noticeable the difference was. The two down there looked almost scraggly compared to the robust ones here.

A Bald Eagle soars over the headwaters of the Florida Everglades.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle soars over the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle soars over the headwaters of the Florida Everglades.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle soars over the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. (© Tony’s Takes)

Freedom takes flight

Happy birthday, America!

I am so thankful to live in the greatest nation on earth. We also have a pretty darned awesome symbol IMHO.  😉

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

A Bald Eagle keeps an eye on its chosen landing spot. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle keeps an eye on its chosen landing spot. (© Tony’s Takes)

Freedom’s launch!

Freedom’s launch! Today is American Eagle Day and I sure can’t let that go by without sharing a picture of my favorite photo subject.

According to Time & Date, the day is “Celebrated annually on June 20, the observance commemorates the day in 1782, when the bird was added to the official Seal of the United States.” IMHO it sure is a whole lot better than the turkey that old Ben Franklin preferred. 😉

This particular Eagle is one of my favorite mated pair and has a nest southwest of Denver, Colorado. On this particular morning about a month ago, they were quite busy keeping their two eaglets happy.

A Bald Eagle launches into the air southeast of Denver, Colorado. A Bald Eagle launches into the air southeast of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle launches into the air southeast of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The next generation of Bald Eagles

I paid a visit to my favorite nest site last weekend and was happy to see both eaglets were doing well. They are nearly the same size as the parents now and will probably fledge in the next couple of weeks. Lots of leaves in the way prevent a good view unfortunately. I did get some pics of them together and then of both flapping their wings as they practice for flight. Young or old, these are such impressive creatures.

Young Bald Eagles test out their wings. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young Bald Eagles test out their wings. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young Bald Eagles test out their wings. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young Bald Eagles test out their wings. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young Bald Eagles at their nest. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young Bald Eagles at their nest. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle shows just how majestic it can be

I imagine this guy standing there saying, “I am MARVELOUS!” 😀

This is the male at one of the nests that I observe. He had gone on a bit of a fishing trip earlier in the morning and was doing this to dry himself out. This pose is more often associated with Turkey Vultures who do it in the morning to warm up before taking flight. However, I have seen eagles do it every now and then.

He does indeed look impressive in this pose and it does a great job of showcasing the six foot wide wingspan of these massive raptors.

Have a fantastic, Freedom Friday!

A Bald Eagle stretches its wings wide while perched on a tree branch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle stretches its wings wide while perched on a tree branch. (© Tony’s Takes)

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