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Bald Eagle soaks in the sunrise

Sometimes it is better when your subject is a bit farther off and you don’t zoom in all the way. Such is the case, I believe, with this image. The sun was rising and it had colored the clouds to the west in pastels while shedding just a bit of light on him. He seemed to be reveling in it, soaking in the scene unfolding before him. I can’t blame him! We live in a pretty darned awesome place with some amazing creatures.

A Bald Eagle sits alone watching the sun rise. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle sits alone watching the sun rise. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female Bald Eagle stretches her wings in an early morning flight

This past Sunday I made a long overdue visit to this nest southwest of Denver, Colorado. The mated pair of eagles here supposedly have two little eaglets they are caring for so I figured there would be a good bit of activity. I was not disappointed.

Dad was the doting father he always is, taking a turn feeding the little ones and performing some home maintenance. As the sun came up, Mom decided to take a break from keeping the little ones warm and went for a brief flight.

As she returned to the nest, she obliged me with a nice, head on pass, one of the images of which you see here. She looked absolutely resplendent in the golden light of the rising sun and it makes for a great image for posting on Freedom Friday. Have a great weekend and TGIF!

A female Bald Eagle returns to her nest in Jefferson County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Bald Eagle returns to her nest in Jefferson County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Beautiful Bald Eagle poised to launch into the weekend

I suspect many of us are similarly posed, at least in our minds, as we get ready to enjoy some much-needed time off. TGIF, right? 😉

This pic was taken about a month ago at my local nest. The female had hopped out briefly to stretch her wings and here is jumping right back to her egg warming duty.

Sadly, the eggs here appear to have failed though as they should have hatched by now and there has been no activity. 🙁 The adults are still hanging out in the area though so there is a slight chance they try again yet this season.

A female Bald Eagle is poised to launch into the air. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Bald Eagle is poised to launch into the air. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle in flight by dawn’s early light

I arrived at my photo destination along the South Platte River a couple weeks ago just as the sun was coming up. The mated pair of Bald Eagles were doing a ‘changing of the guard’ with the female ready for a break.

She hopped out and went to a neighboring tree while the male stayed at the nest. After a bit of preening, it was time to get back to her eggs and the beautiful lady launched into the air. Light was still kind of low but its golden glow really put some nice light on her as she flew by me.

Mornings don’t get much better than this! A great image for Freedom Friday and I can say TGIF because that means I get a couple days with the hopes to see some of these majestic creatures.

A female Bald Eagle takes flight soon after sunrise along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Bald Eagle takes flight soon after sunrise along the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle displays amazing feat of agility

Truly astounding. Couldn’t believe this massive raptor was able to balance itself on such a tiny twig. I’ve been observing eagles for years but have never seen anything like this.  Happy April Fools Day. 😉

A Bald Eagle returns to its nest in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle returns to its nest in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle chills out for Freedom Friday

A very handsome example of our national emblem from this past Sunday. I happened across this adult and a juvenile perched along a suburban lake front. The young one was in no mood to have its picture taken and quickly departed.

The senior of the two though was more than willing to hang out and in fact, I waited for an hour and it never even once thought about leaving, eventually causing me to give up on any hope of an action shot. That’s okay though as I can sit and watch them for hours, no matter what they are doing.

Bald Eagles don’t get their distinctive white head until they are between four and five years old. Until then, their heads are dark in color resulting in juveniles oftentimes being mistaken for a hawk or a Golden Eagle.

I for one am glad the weekend is upon us and am very happy to be able to say TGIF! 😉

A handsome Bald Eagle poses for its portrait in Longmont, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A handsome Bald Eagle poses for its portrait in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

An empty Bald Eagle nest, a very sad photographer’s heart

This past Saturday I went to visit my local eagle nest, expecting to have a great time watching and photographing. Sadly, that was not to be. Instead, I arrived to find an empty nest and no eagles in sight.

I was concerned but hopeful that maybe the parents had just stepped out to stretch their wings, after all, the day prior should have been ‘hatch day’ for any little ones so they wouldn’t have gone far if everything was okay. I waited for more than 2 1/2 hours and no one came home.

Today, I went back to check again, hoping that maybe I just had bad timing but once again, an empty nest. It appears the nest has failed for some reason and there will be no eaglets from this spot.

I can’t help but be sad, admittedly somewhat for selfish reasons as I did enjoy my time with them, but more so because of the affinity I have for the majestic creatures and admiration of how they have beaten the odds to come back from the brink of extinction.

Certainly there are other nests and I will visit some of them but, I will also be anxiously awaiting next year, hoping eagles try again in this spot.

An abandoned Bald Eagle nest in Adams County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An abandoned Bald Eagle nest in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bringing home the hay for Freedom Friday

Bringing home the hay for Freedom Friday. I arrived at my local Bald Eagle nest to find no home two weekends ago. This was very concerning as the female had been laying in the nest the last few visits I made. After waiting for about a half hour, I was standing up to leave when I saw a shadow pass over me. The pair finally returned! The female arrived clutching some grass in her talons and gave me a fantastic flyby before landing at home.

Taken in Adams County, Colorado. TGIF and have a fantastic weekend!

A female Bald Eagle returns to her nest with a load of grass in her talons. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Bald Eagle returns to her nest with a load of grass in her talons. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video slideshow: Bald Eagles go fishing on the Colorado plains

I shared one of the images from a couple weekends ago when a bunch of these majestic raptors were fishing a private pond in Adams County, Colorado. It is hard to come up with a way to show entire, dramatic sequences like I captured so I have put them into a video slideshow.

In this, you see four Bald Eagles come in and try their hand at fishing, three attempts were successful. While I kept the pace fast, the action occurs much quicker in real life. For instance, the first sequence you see is 33 images. From start to finish, in real time, that action lasted only 7 seconds! These guys move fast to say the least!

I hope you enjoy your Freedom Friday.