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Gaggle of geese take flight as bald eagle causes panic

This past Friday there were hundreds of geese on Lower Derby Lake at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Also there enjoying the beautiful morning were at least 19 bald eagles who were standing on the ice and intermittently going fishing in the parts of the lake that weren’t frozen.

The geese were keeping their distance from the raptors, certainly a smart move. However one of the eagles decided to do a low flyover of the gaggle and that was all it took to send the passive geese fleeing into the air. This images captures the flock as it takes off. Notice the 11 or so bald eagles on the ice as well.

View more pictures from that day at the Arsenal below the image.

Geese take to the air after a Bald Eagle flew over the gaggle sitting on the water. (© Tony’s Takes)

Geese take to the air after a Bald Eagle flew over the gaggle sitting on the water. (© Tony’s Takes)

Breakfast is served: Osprey enjoys a meal of fish

My plan was to find some bald eagles in northern Colorado where I had luck last weekend.  Today they were more elusive and nowhere to be found so I found a few other subjects including a hungry osprey.

The goslings, great blue heron and red-winged blackbird are quite common in Colorado this time of year.  The heron, as usual, proved to be the most difficult to get close to and as usual, I ended up with only a parting shot.

The osprey is the male of a pair that nests at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.  She was sitting on her eggs while he had the opportunity to roam around.  He flew off soon after I arrived but returned with his breakfast – a fish.  It was fun watching him eat but I do wish he had cooperated for some good flight shots.

An osprey enjoys his breakfast on a light pole.  (© Tony’s Takes)

An osprey enjoys his breakfast on a light pole. (© Tony’s Takes)

Soft and fluffy

Up in Longmont (Colorado) today looking for bald eagles and while I had no luck with them, I did find a much smaller bird to take pictures of.  My daughter says it looks ‘soft and fluffy’ and I reckon indeed this gosling does.  😉

A gosling walks through some grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

A gosling walks through some grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

Canada goose silhouetted at sunset

Photo opportunities just present themselves and the subjects oftentimes aren’t what you are looking for. Such was the case with this image.

I was at Metzger Farm in Broomfield, Colorado take pictures of a blue heron rookery.  Unfortunately the images of the herons I took were underwhelming but sunset provided other opportunities.

While taking pictures of the gorgeous sunset to the west, this Canada goose came swimming across the rippled surface of a pond.  It was perfectly backlit and the water was reflecting the orange sky above.

Canada goose silhouetted at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

Canada goose silhouetted at sunset. (© Tony’s Takes)

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Osprey, great blue heron and geese

My usual Saturday morning photo shoot took me back to Longmont, Colorado to check out the osprey again.  As before, they were very compliant and provided some great shots – including many of them enjoying a sushi breakfast.

Making a guest appearance was a family of Canada geese and their newly hatched goslings as well as a great blue heron.

As you view the photos below, you will see the last nine photos are a sequence where one of the osprey has twine on its talons.  It was very interesting to watch.  I was focusing on one sitting on a pole when its mate came flying over.

It had some twine stuck to its claw and seemed pretty upset about it. It took back off and started dragging its claws in the water and then even did a belly skid in an attempt to get it off. It is pretty interesting to see. Glad it worked out.

Please disregard the poor quality of that series of images – it all happened so fast I didn’t have a chance to adjust the exposure on the fly.

An osprey makes a close fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

An osprey makes a close fly by. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

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A good day for a swim with the family

A very mild day along the Colorado Front Range today made for a great day for outdoor activities.  In Longmont these Canada geese were taking their freshly hatched little ones for a swim.

A swim with the family. (© Tony’s Takes)

A swim with the family. (© Tony’s Takes)

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