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Golden Eagle makes unusual appearance on the plains

It isn’t too often you find these gorgeous birds out on the plains and I have only seen them a handful of times at all. This past weekend though, good fortune struck not once, but twice.

I initially got pictures of one on Saturday but the lighting was poor leading to disappointing images. Yesterday I returned to the same area and with gorgeous, clear blue skies got some great pics. I could not be happier and truly appreciate my friend, Bill, telling me he had spotted it.

Here in Colorado, Golden Eagles are more likely to be found in the foothills and mountains than on the plains. They are very large birds with wingspans over 6 feet across and very fast and maneuverable having been clocked at nearly 200mph in a dive!

Images taken in Adams County, Colorado.  Scroll down to view the complete gallery.

A Golden Eagle takes flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Golden Eagle takes flight in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden Eagle flyby

An absolutely fabulous surprise on my afternoon drive today. I spotted a dark spot in a tree where Bald Eagles are known to frequent. As I was watching I am thinking this is no baldy and it was too big to be a hawk. I was absolutely ecstatic when it took to the air and I could see it was clearly a Golden Eagle.

Tough mid-afternoon lighting and the fact it was a good ways away made for less than great images but it was a lot of fun to see. I’ve only seen a golden twice before as they are relatively uncommon here in Colorado – at least in the plains areas where I frequent.

A Golden Eagle performs a flyby in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Golden Eagle performs a flyby in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Golden Eagle performs a flyby in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Golden Eagle performs a flyby in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Golden Eagle performs a flyby in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Golden Eagle performs a flyby in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)