After moving north for a couple of months to cooler climes, bald eagles are returning to Colorado for the winter. This gorgeous eagle is one of a pair that is commonly found hanging around the shoreline of a lake in Longmont. As always, he was more than willing to spend his morning this past Saturday posing for pictures and showing off.
Dive! A bald #eagle plunges toward the water in an attempt to catch its fish. Taken this morning in Longmont, Colorado, he and his mate were hanging around enjoying the unusually warm weather. I don’t care for the long shadows on his face due to the low sun but the angle and action are pretty darned cool.
As you all know, eagles are by far my favorite photo subject. You can view more shots I have taken of them here. Below this image are some others from today’s photo adventure.
Taken in Adams County, Colorado this past Sunday. I simply cannot get enough of these majestic creatures.
Some months ago my daughter brought to my attention a poem by Alfred Tennyson that I find most fitting:
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
Our local pair of bald eagles was enjoying the unseasonably mild weather this morning along the Colorado Front Range. Here the male returns from a quick flight around the area while the female looks on.
Yes, this image is indeed of a bald eagle although it may not look like it. Its seemingly odd coloring is due to the fact it is still relatively young – around three years old.
It isn’t until the eagle is about five years old that it will completely have its more recognizable dark body and wings and the distinctive white head and yellow beak. While perhaps not as beautiful as it will be when fully mature, this young one looks pretty neat in its own right.
This image was taken back in March at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado.
On Saturday I posted a different picture of this amazing bald eagle as it performed a flyby. Here is another shot of the sequence. I’m not a huge fan of winter but in Colorado that means these majestic birds return to our area. That helps to make the cold a bit more tolerable. 😉
My first weekend staying close to home in quite a while and it actually turned out quite well. This morning I went to check a local bald eagle nest in Adams County, Colorado and was fortunate enough to find the residents home. Here one of them gave me a picture perfect flyby. I am looking forward to many more eagles returning to the area for winter in the coming months.
A bald eagle looks around for his tormentors, a couple little Western Kingbirds that were constantly harassing him. This beautiful raptor was hanging out in a tree at a lake on Colorado’s eastern plains back in June and provided a ton of photo opportunities. While he did not mind me one bit, he really was frustrated by a couple of the little yellow-breasted birds that were not at all intimidated by the size difference.
Well, maybe not but it sure looks like it. Taken this past May in Longmont, Colorado, this photogenic male bald eagle sat for more than an hour giving me dozens of beautiful poses. Truly an amazing raptor.
I haven’t been able to visit with the nearby eagle’s nest as they haven’t been around much since their eaglet passed away last month. This morning though Dad was hanging out and as always, he put on a show for me. Almost seemed like he recognized me…
Like he always did this past winter and spring, he called as I entered the area, then gave me a flyby to check me out and went right back to his perch. I was so happy to spend some time with him. Hopefully Mom is somewhere nearby and the two will give it another shot this winter and spring.