Here on the Colorado Front Range, these huge birds are most commonly seen in the summer but some linger during the colder months. This past weekend I spotted a few, all too far to get decent shots of. So, this image harkens back to April when I had a fun encounter with a pair of them.
I was sitting on the shore of a pond, relaxing and enjoying a mild, calm spring morning. The pair flew up and landed about 20 feet away, seemingly unaware – or uncaring – of my presence. I got some cool shots of them as they hung out and then they gave me a nice flyby when they decided to move to different grounds. They were quite close so I was able to capture some great detail of its beautiful plumage.