So annoying to have this perfect angle and subject and then some smart aleck has to situate himself right in your picture. 😉 You could of course guess that in reality the situation was a bit reversed. I was taking pictures of this magnificent raptor when a small plane approached. I zoomed out allowing me to capture both. Have a great weekend!
Overcast skies don’t make for the best backgrounds but they do help to soften the light. Such was the case with this morning. The sun was coming up on the horizon as this beautiful lady sat taking in the scene. She was perfectly illuminated with the soft, golden colors and her pose perfect. Taken near Longmont, Colorado. Have a great weekend, everyone, and TGIF!
A fun photo of this beautiful lady as she took off to look for some breakfast a couple of weeks ago. I love the pose with the wings forward, somewhat concealing herself and the nice look at those impressive talons.
Technically not a great photo as low light required a slow shutter speed causing some blurring of the wings and high ISOs resulting in more graininess than I would like. Nevertheless, I think it is a pretty cool capture.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
One more for Patriot Day. Our nation’s emblem symbolizes the spirit of this great nation – ferocious and unrelenting when we must be as we were in the days and years following that horrific date. We are, however, by nature a peaceful, loving nation, and one that would prefer to extend the olive branch.
It is hard to imagine a more fitting creature to represent this great nation. Regal, majestic, relentless, indomitable and honorable might be some adjectives you could use to describe both.
I found this fellow last November at St. Vrain State Park in Colorado as he surveyed the ponds, no doubt contemplating a nice meal.
There aren’t too many Bald Eagles readily around right now but that will change in the coming months as the temperatures cool and they come here to spend the winter months. As always, I am very much looking forward to that time!
Such impressive creatures and I think a panoramic crop of this handsome fellow coming straight at you does a nice job of showcasing its six plus foot wide wingspan.
Taken back in April, this image is of the male at my local nest, being grumpy as he almost always is. He did not care for strangers and anyone coming even remotely near his home could be guaranteed a flyby while he checked them out and let them know they were not welcome.
As the spring and summer wore on though, he became far more used to the traffic in the area (there is a regional bike trail nearby). He and his mate successfully raised one young one this year.
I haven’t seen them in a couple of months which isn’t unusual as they spread out after their young fledges. I do hope they return this winter / spring and make their home in the same spot.
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.
Have you ever had one of those moments when you thought you were just the coolest thing and then did something totally embarrassing wiping away any thoughts of being awesome? Such was the case with this normally cool dude.
He was sitting on high and decided to rearrange a bit on his perch. While the stand was small, this usually isn’t a problem for eagles however he slipped a bit and had to flap his wings to get back in position. Probably a bit embarrassing for this normally handsome, stoic creature. 😉
This male Bald Eagle is reflecting what many folks were doing / feeling right at that hour. He was crouching down and ready to get the heck out of there. This is the male of the pair I watched all spring and much of summer along the South Platte River. They have spread out now that their little one has left the nest but I hope to see them again in six months or so at the same spot.
Juvenile Bald Eagles may not be quite as handsome as they will be when they turn five and have their full, white heads, but that doesn’t mean they are bad looking. Indeed, they are gorgeous as well, even if they look quite different. As a benefit to wildlife watchers, the young ones are also far more tolerant of people, oftentimes viewing us bipedal lifeforms as a curiosity.
Such was the case with this juvenile in Adams County, Colorado this past winter. It was perched on a pole alongside a country road and me stopping right beside it didn’t bother it one bit. In fact, it sat there staring at me just as I was staring at it.
Have a great weekend and TGIF!
You don’t mess with this raptor or his offspring. That message was loud and clear when an unrelated Bald Eagle dared to enter its territory.
As I was watching him and his young one, he became quite agitated and made a huge ruckus. I could see he was looking in the distance behind me and I turned to see another eagle daring to approach. Dad did not find that acceptable and quickly launched and pursued the interloper, chasing it away before it got anywhere near the nest.
This image was taken back in June on one of my last visits to this site. The young eaglet has now fledged and the family is dispersed. With any luck, next spring the adults will return and have yet another successful mating season. Have a great weekend and TGIF!