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Wings high for Freedom Friday

We’re getting close to the end of the workweek so get those wings ready to spread like this gorgeous creature.

I happened across this particular Bald Eagle along the South Platte River trail in Adams County, Colorado last weekend. It was initially perched in a tree overlooking the river, unfortunately in a spot where I was struggling to get a clear capture of it. As I waited, it decided it was time to fly and, best of all, chose to circle right back and fly overhead. This gave me a very nice sequence of images.

You’ll notice this particular eagle has some dark spots on its head and some white under the wings. That would indicate this is a relatively young eagle, likely approaching five years old and full maturity. Have a great weekend and get out and enjoy Mother Nature!

A Bald Eagle spreads its wings and takes to the beautiful, blue Colorado skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle spreads its wings and takes to the beautiful, blue Colorado skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagles strike the perfect pose for Valentine’s Day

Ah yes, love is in the air this time of year for these majestic creatures. I captured this image of this mated pair of eagles last year, just a few days after Valentine’s Day. They have a nest southwest of Denver and had been busy prepping their home for what would be the arrival of two beautiful eaglets later in spring. I haven’t been down to see them yet this year but will soon and hope they are as successful this time around. Coincidentally, I just ordered a metal print of this image for myself. You can too.

A mated pair of Bald Eagles looks into the distance. (© Tony’s Takes)

A mated pair of Bald Eagles looks into the distance. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagles hang out, female takes flight

This mated pair of Bald Eagles has a nest in the suburbs north of Denver, Colorado. Oftentimes they can be seen hanging around a wastewater treatment plant nearby.

On this day they were initially perched on a guard rail that goes around the banks of the pond and when I had just about given up on getting flight shots, the female took to the air.

I managed to capture some nice shots of the launch, aided by the fact it was windy so she couldn’t depart too fast.

Scroll down to view the complete sequence of images. Have a fantastic Freedom Friday and TGIF!

A pair of mated Bald Eagles hangs out on a guard rail north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of mated Bald Eagles hangs out on a guard rail north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Any guesses who I am rooting for in the Super Bowl?

Eagles are of course my absolute favorite photo subject so the answer is obvious. Go Philadelphia Eagles!

Yesterday’s photo drive had me covering a lot of ground, initially going to a spot I hoped would bring a bevy of Bald Eagles but one that turned out to be a dud.

On the way back I hit up some of my usual spots and was happy to find this beautiful mated pair hanging out over a frozen pond at St. Vrain State Park, Colorado. They gave me some nice poses on what was a bit of a blustery day as you can tell from their ruffled plumage.

The image does a nice job showing the size difference between male and female Bald Eagles. The male (bottom) is clearly smaller than his mate (top).

A Bald Eagle pair stands watch in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle pair stands watch in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Don’t mess with me! It’s Friday and I am just trying to finish the workweek.”

A bit of attitude from this handsome Bald Eagle judging by the look on his face. 😉 This is the male of a nested pair of eagles in northern Colorado. While it looks like he is grouchy, he actually is extraordinarily tolerant of people, oftentimes hanging out in a public park like he was on this day. That look on his face actually led to a big yawn. Apparently I was rather boring.

A Bald Eagle seems to display a bit of attitude toward the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle seems to display a bit of attitude toward the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

Freedom’s flyby!

A couple shots from an encounter with this gorgeous Bald Eagle last weekend. It was late morning and the light was kind of harsh but always fun to see these guys.

I haven’t had a truly good encounter with eagles in a while so that is going to be one of my primary focuses for the weekend. Hopefully I will have some luck. Have a great weekend, everyone!

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby on an overcast day on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Unlikely roost-mates

Not great pics but kind of a fun scene. It isn’t often you see two very different raptors happily sharing a spot. This young Bald Eagle didn’t seem to mind the Ferruginous Hawk that happened to join it in looking for breakfast.

A Ferruginous Hawk and a young Bald Eagle share a roost.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk and a young Bald Eagle share a roost. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk and a young Bald Eagle share a roost.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Ferruginous Hawk and a young Bald Eagle share a roost. (© Tony’s Takes)

Regal Eagle looks to the skies

I was just sitting watching the Eagles / Vikings game and while I don’t really care who wins since my Broncos are done for the season, I have to admit I like the Eagles’ name better. 😉 So, here is one of these majestic creatures that I happened to spot on my home from work Thursday.

A handsome Bald Eagle looks to the skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

A handsome Bald Eagle looks to the skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

Young Bald Eagle heads off into the blue on Freedom Friday

We are getting into prime time for these cool raptors here on the Colorado Front Range. I took the long way home from work today and counted nine although, unfortunately, none close enough to get pics. I captured these pics of a sub-adult on New Year’s Day as it headed off to hunt.

A young Bald Eagle takes off across the Colorado skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bald Eagle takes off across the Colorado skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bald Eagle takes off across the Colorado skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bald Eagle takes off across the Colorado skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bald Eagle takes off across the Colorado skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bald Eagle takes off across the Colorado skies. (© Tony’s Takes)

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)