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Bald Eagle

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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