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Bald eagle soars above the water

Taken this past week at a lake in northeastern Colorado.  Pretty unusual to see eagles here this time of year so I was ecstatic to be able to take pictures of this one across multiple days last week.

Bald eagle soars above the water. © Tony’s Takes

Bald eagle soars above the water. © Tony’s Takes

Prepare for takeoff

A bald eagle prepares for launch in eastern Colorado this morning.  It is unusual for bald eagles to stay in Colorado during the summer so I was absolutely ecstatic to find some around a lake we frequent.  Needless to say, I delayed family water sports whenever I saw one of them and could snap pics.  😉  

Prepare for takeoff! (© Tony’s Takes)

Prepare for takeoff! (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald eagle launch image

I am enjoying some much needed R & R with the family but of course have the camera in tow. Much to my surprise – and excitement – I have found some bald eagles hanging out at this lake in northeastern Colorado . Here, one of them launches off of a tree this morning. Much more to come when I return.

A bald eagle launches itself from its roost. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bald eagle launches itself from its roost. (© Tony’s Takes)

Photogenic bald eagles in Longmont, Colorado

Rumor had it there was a pair of bald eagles hanging out near McIntosh Lake in Longmont so I headed that way this morning. Found them right off the bat.

Initially tough shooting conditions with low clouds and having to shoot facing into the sunrise. The female soon left but the male turned around into the sun and then stayed and posed for two hours. I ended up giving up after that and packing it in.

Do wish he had flown off at some point so I could get some action shots but I am not going to complain. 

Aren't I just mahvelous? (© Tony’s Takes)

Aren’t I just mahvelous? (© Tony’s Takes)

Regal young eagle

On the way home today I stopped by an open space area that I rarely visit and decided to take a walk not expecting much out of it. Much to my surprise, there was a young bald eagle perched in a tree.

It was incredibly tolerant of my presence – walked virtually directly underneath it, circled all around. He sat there for an hour letting me snap away. Just amazing!

My only regret… Because I wasn’t expecting to find anything, I didn’t bring my stool or tripod. My arms and legs got very, very tired! 

Regal young eagle. © Tony’s Takes

Regal young eagle. © Tony’s Takes

Bald eagles put on a spring-time air show

After a couple of weeks without much luck getting decent shots of bald eagles despite multiple trips and many miles driven , I was getting frustrated.   Perseverance finally paid off though as I found a pair willing to put on quite a show.  

With a storm rolling in the lighting wasn’t great due to the overcast skies but I am not complaining (too much). 😉

March 26, 2014 - A bald eagle makes a close fly by in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

March 26, 2014 – A bald eagle makes a close fly by in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

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Hanging out with the bald eagles at Cherry Creek State Park

It won’t be long before the bald eagles leave Colorado and head north so I have to take the opportunities when I can.  Back down at Cherry Creek State Park on a very cold morning they were quite compliant with having their photos taken.

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Sunrise and bald eagles at Cherry Creek State Park

The rumors about a bunch of bald eagles at Cherry Creek State Park were too much for me to ignore. Thankfully they were true. A great morning!

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It doesn’t get better than a bald eagle and the Rocky Mountains

I went down to Cherry Creek State Park this morning where I had heard there was a lot of bald eagle activity.  That was an understatement as they seemed to be everywhere and I took a lot of good pictures of them.  This was one of my favorites as it captured my favorite subject, a bald eagle, coupled with the snow-capped Colorado Rockies.

3/8/14 - Bald eagle and the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

3/8/14 – Bald eagle and the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Nesting bald eagles may force delay in rebuilding Boulder County bridge

With more bald eagles along the Front Range, it is possible summer construction projects will be delayed. (© Tony’s Takes)

With more bald eagles along the Front Range, it is possible summer construction projects will be delayed. (© Tony’s Takes)

Some nesting bald eagles may force at least one summer road project to be delayed.

According to the Longmont Times-Call, a pair is nesting near where a bridge on Boulder’s East County Line Road / Weld County Road 1 was washed out during last September’s big flood event.

Boulder County Transportation director George Gerstle told the Times-Call that it could be late summer before the project gets underway depending on when the fledgling birds leave the nest.

When that happens, construction can finally begin on replacing the bridge over the St. Vrain River that was washed out in last September’s flood, Gerstle said.

He said Boulder County is being careful to comply with guidelines the U.S. Endangered Species Act sets for such projects in order to ensure that the Federal Highway Administration will reimburse Boulder County for most or all of the estimated $4 million to $5 million total it’s expected to cost to design and build the new bridge.

I believe there has been a rather noticeable increase in bald eagles this winter along the Colorado Front Range.  It seems like with little effort one can find them, even in areas quite populated.  Indeed, one of my favorite places has been along the South Platte River in the north Denver area suburbs.

It will be interesting to see if more stories like this are repeated in the coming month or so as eagles mate.

In 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list after staging an extraordinary comeback.  It is however protected by the 1940 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

In Colorado, the state’s Division of Wildlife has established guidelines establishing buffer zones around the bird’s activities.  Those state:

Nest Site:
No surface occupancy (beyond that which historically occurred in the area; see ‘Definitions’ below) within ¼ mile radius of active nests (see ‘Definitions’ below). Seasonal restriction to human encroachment (see ‘Definitions’ below) within ½ mile radius of active nests from October 15 through July 31. This closure is more extensive than the National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines (USFWS 2007) due to the generally open habitat used by Colorado’s nesting bald eagles.

Winter Night Roost:
No human encroachment from November 15 through March 15 within ¼ mile radius of an active winter night roost (see ‘Definitions’ below) if there is no direct line of sight between the roost and the encroachment activities. No human encroachment from November 15 through March 15 within ½ mile radius of an active winter night roost if there is a direct line of sight between the roost and the encroachment activities. If periodic visits (such as oil well maintenance work) are required within the buffer zone after development, activity should be restricted to the period between 1000 and 1400 hours from November 15 to March 15.

Hunting Perch:
Diurnal hunting perches (see ‘Definitions’ below) associated with important foraging areas should also be protected from human encroachment. Preferred perches may be at varying distances from human encroachment and buffer areas will vary. Consult the Colorado Division of Wildlife for recommendations for specific hunting perches.