I absolutely love the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge here in Denver but on days like today it can be quite frustrating. Large areas are off limits to people and so when I see a scene like this with a bunch of Bald Eagles and can only view it from 1/4 mile away I want to pull my hair out. 😉
I spent a lot of time this morning looking for and following Bald Eagles along the South Platte River. Unfortunately none wanted to let me get very close. However, I was able to capture a fascinating (but poor quality) series of images of one fishing. The series here is actually this one’s third attempt to snag its breakfast. As you can see, it wasn’t successful – but it was a lot of fun to watch. Sorry for the poor quality. The action took place a long ways down river from me so these are very, very cropped.
Two young eagles have claimed an area north of Denver International Airport as their own. The pair is oftentimes perched on nearby utility poles and are quite tolerant of people. Yesterday one of them was on its favorite perch, keeping watch over its area. It was quite cold and the wind blowing a bit causing its feathers to be a bit ruffled.
This eagle is likely between two and three years old. It won’t be until it is five that it will have the characteristic dark body and white head.
View more pictures from this day’s photo excursion below.
While this Bald Eagle had its back turned to me, it kept close tabs on me and was well aware of my presence. Image taken this past Saturday at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado.
One of the few decent shots of Bald Eagles I got today. Went to Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado where lots have been seen lately. Unfortunately with our recent cold here the lake is pretty much totally frozen over and most of the eagles appear to have moved on in search of open water.
Taken at St Vrain State Park in northern Colorado, two Bald Eagles were keeping watch as the sun rose last weekend.
Even eagles have to itch! Well, either that or this guy was giving me a bit of a “middle finger salute” – you decide which. 😉
A very brave – or very dumb – squirrel in northern Colorado this past Saturday. 😉 This male bald eagle seemed quite amazed that a squirrel would dare to come quite close to it. Surprisingly enough, the eagle did nothing and simply watched the rodent as it walked around the tree.
A female Bald Eagle appears to be giving her mate quite an earful yesterday in Longmont, Colorado.
My mission today was to find bald eagles and I was rewarded heavily. Four were seen at St Vrain State Park although the lighting was less than optimal and limited opportunities. Going into Longmont I then found a picture perfect pair. They initially were on two separate trees but the female soon came and joined its mate.
View the complete gallery of pictures from today below the main image.