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March in Colorado? Meh!

A very cold and blustery morning today wasn’t fit for man or beast to be outside.  That didn’t stop me and it of course animals have little choice.  One of my bald eagle friends was hanging out in the cold, undoubtedly wondering when spring would be arriving.  She definitely did not look happy.

March 1, 2014 - March in Colorado? Meh! © Tony’s Takes

March 1, 2014 – March in Colorado? Meh! © Tony’s Takes

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Bald eagle works on making a home

Having taken the day off I used the opportunity – and the nice weather – to do some wildlife watching.  First stop was my favorite pair of bald eagles who put on a great show for more than an hour.  Here the male is returning from picking up some nesting material.  I am hoping this means little ones are one the way soon.  If so, it could be any day now.

February 28, 2014 - Bringing back some nest material. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 28, 2014 – Bringing back some nest material. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Nest building eagles

Out and about on a cool Saturday morning and visiting my recently found favorite pair of bald eagles in rural Adams County, Colorado.  I and my son watched them for a good while as they simply sat, warming themselves in the sun.

One takes off and seemed to fly away and we were thinking the show was about to end but in in reality it was just beginning.  The eagle circled back flying to a nearby tree.

Without stopping or missing a beat it grabs a branch in the tree and breaks it off with a loud crack.  Carrying its new-found nest material, the bird circled the nest as it trying to decide where it wanted it then came back and dropped it right on target while landing.  It was a very impressive display.

A bald eagle prepares to drop a newly found branch on its nest in Adams County. (© Tony's Takes)

A bald eagle prepares to drop a newly found branch on its nest in Adams County. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds

Driving home I saw a bald eagle in common perch along the South Platte. Despite the late afternoon low sun and the fact the eagle was back-lit pretty heavily, I decided to stop and, boy, am I glad I did.

As I prepared to take a few photos I noticed the iridescent clouds in the background.

Cloud iridescence is caused by clouds (usually cirrus) that have small water droplets or ice crystals in them causing the light to be diffracted, or spread out. The phenomena is much like the rainbow colors seen with oil in water.

I had to brighten up the shadows a bit but all in all it was a nice shot.

February 12, 2014 - Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 12, 2014 – Bald eagle back-lit by iridescent clouds. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Eagle flight in the fog

Very cold weather with temperatures below zero almost kept me from trolling one of my usual spots for bald eagles.  Almost.

Thankfully they didn’t make me walk too far in the cold.  A pair of mature bald eagles were hanging out in a tree across the river.  I was able to capture some nice images including this one of one of them as it took flight.

February 5, 2014 - Bald eagle takes flight in the fog. (© Tony’s Takes)

February 5, 2014 – Bald eagle takes flight in the fog. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Immature bald eagle fly by

Out for a walk along the South Platte River with my wife, we saw a few immature bald eagles in a tree across the river.  As I got closer to the river bank to get a better angle for a photo, this one took flight.  He seemed genuinely interested in us as he flew in circles over our heads three times.  That was of course just the opportunity I had hoped for.

December 30, 2013 - Immature bald eagle fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

December 30, 2013 – Immature bald eagle fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Regal eagle

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver is a veritable cornucopia of photo opportunities. Usually the bald eagles here are too far away to capture images of but on this day this particular eagle was perched right by the entrance to the refuge. I was almost giddy as I got within 50 feet of the amazing bird.

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January 25, 2013 – Regal eagle. (© Tony’s Takes)

January 25, 2013 – Regal eagle. (© Tony’s Takes)

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