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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.

Gotcha! Bald Eagle snags itself a nice breakfast

My goodness. What a charmed day this past Saturday was. A friend (thank you, Bill!) secured us access to a private pond where Bald Eagles have been hanging out. The action was pretty intermittent but when it did happen, it was fast and furious.

This eagle caught itself one fish but soon returned for another and this image captures that second pass. It was clearly an experienced hunter, never missing once and, for me, yielded probably the best ‘eagle fishing’ pic I have ever taken. Such a thrill!

If you’re interested in a print of this image, it is available. I can see this one hanging on my wall very, very soon. You can too – see here!

A Bald Eagle makes off with a fish it caught from a pond in Adams County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle makes off with a fish it caught from a pond in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Portrait of Freedom

A very simple picture for the day of this majestic creature – it is so fitting that Bald Eagle’s are the national emblem of the United States.  This particular one was kind enough to pose against that beautiful, blue Colorado sky this past weekend. I hope you all had a fantastic Friday  Enjoy your weekend.

A Bald Eagle strikes a regal pose in Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle strikes a regal pose in Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle displays perfect Olympic form as it nails the landing

With so many of the winter sports that we have been watching on TV the last couple of weeks, a perfect landing is crucial to getting a good score. Well, this raptor was not to be out done by those athletes and I have to say I would give his form and the landing a perfect 10. 😉

Honestly, this image, captured last weekend, is probably my best eagle landing shot I have ever captured. In fact, it is one in a complete series of this male as he approached then landed in a tree right by me. Just amazing and to say I am happy with this image would be an understatement.

This guy and his mate put on quite a show for me on Sunday. It won’t be long and she will likely lay eggs and begin sitting on the nest. Quite a few other mated pairs in the area already are.

If you’re interested in this image for your wall, please see here.

A Bald Eagle displays perfect Olympic form as it comes in for a landing. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle displays perfect Olympic form as it comes in for a landing. (© Tony’s Takes)

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)