Finally! I have historically had pretty good luck getting images of these wintertime visitors to the Colorado Front Range. This season though, they just haven’t wanted to play nice with me.
On New Year’s Eve I spotted one on a utility pole northeast of Denver and decided to give it another shot. While it did not stick around to pose, it did at least give me a flyby. It was a bit distant so the images had to be cropped more than I would like but they didn’t come out too bad.
They are absolutely beautiful raptors. During the winter, they spend time in much of the lower 48 states. Summers will find them on the Arctic tundra on northern Alaska and Canada.