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.
I swear I heard someone say, “Tony, you haven’t posted a Bald Eagle picture in a few days. Please post one!” Well, okay, if you insist. 😉
This beautiful, young eagle was in a nearby open space in Adams County, Colorado this past May. It sat in the same tree for over an hour with me walking right up to it until a dog came along and scared it off. I really wasn’t too disappointed as my legs were getting tired. Ha!
S T R E T C H! A bald eagle stretches its wings in Longmont, Colorado in May 2014. It’s been a little while since I posted a picture of my favorite subject. These guys are kind of scarce this time of year in the Centennial State and I am going through withdrawals. Very much looking forward to their return this winter.
Launch! Absolutely one of my favorite bald eagle pictures that I have taken. This particular eagle was still hanging around this summer back in June at a lake northeast of Denver.
Over an eight day span it gave me many, many photo opportunities including this one when it launched from a tree and was close enough that I could literally hear the ‘whoosh’ from its massive wings. An incredible experience!
Scroll down below the feature photo for the complete launch sequence.