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Majestic Bald Eagle takes in the morning sun

Out for a drive this morning looking for bald eagles in a spot where a couple had been seen recently. Only found one but it was quite willing to pose while perched on a power pole. Unfortunately I didn’t get any flight shots as when it did take off, it turned around and went away from me.

Scroll down below the image for more photos from the morning drive.

A bald eagle takes in the morning sun in Firestone, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle takes in the morning sun in Firestone, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bevy of Birds (and a Bison) with New Tamron Lens

Finally some sun – and time – allowing me to get out and give the new Tamron SP 150-600 a good field test.  Early to mid-afternoon time period not ideal in terms of lighting but the lens handled it well.  All images hand-held.

Touch down!

This was actually more of a touch and go as soon after putting its weight on the branch, this bald eagle realized it was too small to support him. Cloudy skies and poor lighting but the action was top notch. A tip from a good friend alerted me to a pair of eagles hanging out near the South Platte River not far from where I live. I hot-tailed it down there with my son and was not disappointed. This one was hanging out with another and after they left, we hiked some more and found another pair. All-in-all a heck of a great day.

A bald eagle touches down in a tree in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle touches down in a tree in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Colorado snow eagle

Well, technically a bald eagle in snowy weather in Colorado.  😉 Taken this past January during a storm, similar scenes are undoubtedly out there today as the Denver area is experiencing snow and record-setting cold.  There aren’t many year-round resident bald eagles in the Centennial State – most migrate here and spend the winter.

A bald eagle keeps watch while snow falls.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle keeps watch while snow falls. (© Tony’s Takes)

Regal Eagle enjoys warm, sunny morning

After moving north for a couple of months to cooler climes, bald eagles are returning to Colorado for the winter.  This gorgeous eagle is one of a pair that is commonly found hanging around the shoreline of a lake in Longmont.  As always, he was more than willing to spend his morning this past Saturday posing for pictures and showing off.

A bald eagle enjoys a mild morning in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle enjoys a mild morning in Longmont, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dive!

Dive! A bald #eagle plunges toward the water in an attempt to catch its fish. Taken this morning in Longmont, Colorado, he and his mate were hanging around enjoying the unusually warm weather. I don’t care for the long shadows on his face due to the low sun but the angle and action are pretty darned cool.

As you all know, eagles are by far my favorite photo subject. You can view more shots I have taken of them here.  Below this image are some others from today’s photo adventure.

A Bald Eagle plunges toward the water on a hunt for breakfast. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle plunges toward the water on a hunt for breakfast. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagle soars through the blue skies

Taken in Adams County, Colorado this past Sunday. I simply cannot get enough of these majestic creatures.

Some months ago my daughter brought to my attention a poem by Alfred Tennyson that I find most fitting:

The Eagle

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

A bald eagle soars through gorgeous blue skies in Adams County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle soars through gorgeous blue skies in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagles hanging out at home

Our local pair of bald eagles was enjoying the unseasonably mild weather this morning along the Colorado Front Range. Here the male returns from a quick flight around the area while the female looks on.

A bald eagle returns to its nest while its mate watches.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle returns to its nest while its mate watches. (© Tony’s Takes)

Immature bald eagle in flight

Yes, this image is indeed of a bald eagle although it may not look like it. Its seemingly odd coloring is due to the fact it is still relatively young – around three years old.

It isn’t until the eagle is about five years old that it will completely have its more recognizable dark body and wings and the distinctive white head and yellow beak. While perhaps not as beautiful as it will be when fully mature, this young one looks pretty neat in its own right.

This image was taken back in March at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado.

 

An immature bald eagle performs a flyby. (© Tony’s Takes)

An immature bald eagle performs a flyby. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagle flyby

On Saturday I posted a different picture of this amazing bald eagle as it performed a flyby. Here is another shot of the sequence. I’m not a huge fan of winter but in Colorado that means these majestic birds return to our area. That helps to make the cold a bit more tolerable.  😉

A bald eagle flies over in Adams County, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle flies over in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)