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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!

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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.

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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)

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)