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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)

Bald Eagle flies into the New Year

Well yes, of course I am going to start out 2018 with a picture of my favorite creature. 😉 I happened across this gorgeous young eagle not too far from home the day after Christmas. Temperatures were in the single digits and I wasn’t too thrilled about having to walk a good ways to get a good view. Nevertheless, I did and it was kind enough to reward me with some nice poses and this great flyby showcasing its impressive wingspan.

A young Bald Eagle soars with ease in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Bald Eagle soars with ease in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video slideshow: Bald Eagle top shots 2017

As most everyone knows, these majestic creatures are my love and passion. I spend more time photographing Bald Eagles than any other creature and simply cannot get enough of them.

This past year I was fortunate to have captured images of dozens of them, most notably I documented two nest sites that both successfully fledged young. Here are my top shots of these raptors from the past year.

I hope you enjoy these captures of our national emblem as much as I did taking them. If you like these, be sure to check out my 2018 calendars and photo book.