Taken back at the end of January as this local pond was beginning to thaw. The open waters had attracted dozens of merganser ducks – and some bald eagles. At the time, the eagles were largely content to just sit on the ice and see if any easy opportunities presented themselves. This juvenile though, took a more active approach, flying in and hovering directly over the mergansers. Surprisingly, the ducks didn’t seem bothered at all by the predator directly over their head. As it turned out, they didn’t have anything to worry about anyway as the young eagle decided it wasn’t worth a plunge into the cold waters for a meal that would be tough to catch and instead, flew off.
This beautiful bald eagle is wearing the face I am today as I do my best to just finish out the week without exploding. It has been a rough one but I am determined to make it through.
This image, taken a couple of weeks ago, shows one of many eagles I photographed that day. These animals can have a lot of personality, something shown here.
Have a fantastic Freedom Friday and hang in there, the workweek is almost over! TGIF!
Whoohoo! I am excited to report that following the death of the female at my favorite bald eagle nest late last year, a new one has recently been hanging out with the male.
A month or so ago, while looking at the nest from a very long distance, I thought I saw two eagles there but when I got closer, there were none to be found. My friend then reported that last weekend there were indeed two at the site. Yesterday I hiked in to see for myself and sure enough, the male seems to have a new girlfriend.
She only did one flyby before perching across the river but the pair spent a good bit of time hanging out together. He seemed to be trying to impress her by doing some nest maintenance, showing her it would make a fine home.
Will the pair connect in time to have young ones yet this year? That is unknown. It is kind of late as most nested eagles are already sitting on eggs now but it could yet happen. If not, it does at least bode well for the nest’s future.
If you look close at the picture, you will notice she has some darker colored areas on her cheek behind her eye. That would indicate she has just turned five years old and reached full maturity.
I am keeping my fingers crossed!
For those unfamiliar, I sadly discovered the previous female dead, beneath one of their favorite trees. Working with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, we retrieved the carcass and it was determined she had died from the bird flu that has been running rampant through bird populations across the nation. You can read the full story here.
A gorgeous female bald eagle lifts her wings high, stretches out, and prepares to take flight on the plains of Colorado.
One of the many, many captures I got a couple of weekends ago at this short-lived ‘hotspot’ for eagles as they started their migration north. It was an amazing morning with many eagles and lots of photography.
This pretty lady was taking a break, resting in a tree along the shoreline. I sat down and we spent quite a while just watching each other. Eventually she decided it was time to go and in a single, graceful move, raised her wings, leapt up and she was gone.
Oh my! Sometimes you just have ‘one of those days’ – in a good way. Such was the case this past Sunday when I had what was probably one of my best bald eagle days ever.
There were an extraordinary number of eagles at this spot and while most were well out of reach, enough hung out close to keep me shooting almost non-stop for three hours. I shot nearly 1,400 pictures which, even after I came home and culled out the poor ones, yielded hundreds of keepers.
One particular pair of eagles provided most of the action and here is the female of that pair. She was absolutely extraordinary – very tall and slender, a pure white head and probably one of the best looking eagles I have ever photographed. Just gorgeous!
This is one shot of a single sequence of 30 or so images I took of her launching and flying by. I really liked the unique wing position, the look at those monstrous feet and talons and, of course, that gorgeous head and focused look. Love it!
An additional posting for today as I deleted the one I posted to social media this morning. Those pics were merely to educate and show a unique situation. Unfortunately some folks who probably meant well did not pay attention when I specifically said the appropriate authorities were aware. Sigh.
So… Moving on, here’s another shot from this past weekend. This gorgeous eagle and its mate have provided me some great photo ops recently. In this pic, after chasing its mate off of the pole, the male came in for a near vertical landing on top of a pole. Fun to see and a unique pose.
An interesting eagle and encounter this past weekend. My friend initially spotted this female last month with a GPS tracker hanging from her neck.
We corresponded with Colorado Parks & Wildlife and learned the eagle had been outfitted with the unit in October 2020 in Weld County, not too far from where she was seen last month and this past weekend. Since then, she has managed to work the GPS off part way, leaving the solar charging cell dangling around her neck.
They would like to catch her again to remove it but the tracker is an old device that connects to cell towers via 3G and there aren’t many of those left so they can’t really follow her. The hope is that she will eventually chew through the harness and get it off herself.
It does present a danger to the eagle with it hanging like that should it get snagged on something. With any luck she can get it off on her own soon. It should be noted that the tracking devices they put on eagles now are much improved lasting longer, are more rugged, are less likely to do this and can connect to more modern cellular networks.
Bam! A dramatic launch for this beautiful bald eagle last weekend.
Living on the Colorado plains where trees can be few and far between, I oftentimes spot our national emblem perched on utility poles for lack of better options. This is somewhat of a bummer photography-wise as a ‘pole bird’ is certainly less photogenic than one in a tree.
However, because there are no distracting branches, if the bird is in the right spot, you can get some cool shots without any extraneous stuff in the way. Such was the case with this eagle’s launch.
Taking off from the top of a pole, it leaped straight up into the air in spectacular fashion. You get a cool, unique pose and great looks at those wings and talons.
Have a great weekend, everyone, and remember to #GetOutside!
My pick for the Super Bowl? That is a no-brainer. GO EAGLES!
Being a lifelong Denver Broncos fan, there is no way I can bring myself to cheer for The Kansas City Chiefs. As our new coach Sean Payton said, “We never want anyone in our division to win anything.” The Philadelphia Eagles are the eagles, I mean, come on, is there any cooler mascot than that? 😉
As you all know, bald eagles are my favorite photo subject so, there you go. This particular eagle was hanging out with his mate in northern Colorado back in November. When they decided it was time to depart, he gave me a fantastic series, all set against that amazing blue sky of the Centennial State.
My prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 27, Kansas City Chiefs 24.
Ugh. A rough week is only half over and the look on this bald eagle’s face pretty much sums up how I feel right now. 😉
Taken this past weekend, this beauty gave me some cool looks, one reflecting how it apparently feels about having a camera pointed at its face. Hope your week is going well and your Hump Day gets over quick! It is all downhill from here.