A lot of Robins in our backyard in Commerce City lately. Janis put some oranges out to try to get the birds closer.
Nice hummingbird in the backyard today.
Spent a few days at the Grand Riviera Mayan resort in Cancun, Mexico. A beautiful resort,
A Merlin hawk flew into the backyard which also got all of our birds in the backyard to fly away quickly! I don’t know why they would do that!
Went to RMNP today, and got some great photos of the sheep. They were shedding their coats, so they looked really ‘sheared’.
We went up trail ridge, and saw the most awesome family of marmots. They are usually so skittish you can never get their picture since they run and hide. Luckily I had a 400 mm lens on my camera, so was able to get close up without being close up.
Janis and I did a nice little roadtrip today to Ogallala, Nebraska about 3 hrs away. There were supposed to be 60 or more eagles there 2 weeks ago so thought we'd go take some photos - we got there at 11 am and were there till about 430, and saw about 9 of them in the area that we were at.
A new president elected, nice weather for the inauguration, and it was beautiful here, a balmy 65 degrees out here, so we went up to the Rocky Mtns to see what we could see -
A bighorn sheep grazing in the grass -
a Magpie singing for us
about 15 or 20 bull elk hanging out -and a few wanting to fight
On the drive I told my 86 year old mom that it was reported that out of 8 years in office George Bush spent 3 full years either at Camp David or on his ranch in Crawford Texas on 'vacation'. She replied "Good, imagine what more he could have done if he was working all that time" Gotta love her! Here's a picture taken last year in Redondo Beach.
Well I took them today, so actually the Saturday after Thanksgiving, They were hanging out in a field when we were out and about today over off of Highway 7 in Brighton. Still pretty cool! They were out in the open until the hawk (?) showed up and then they went into the brush to hide from it.
Yesterday went over to Broomfield to look for eagles by Standley Lake. I found a nice one sitting in a tree there.
Janis’ friend Di came out for a visit, so of course we had to go to Estes Park.
Janis and Di
Panorama settings are 2.5 seconds @ F32, ISO 100.. I shot 4 pictures and stiched em together to get this nice panorama of the Big Thompson River.
Bighorn sheep a plenty!
Went up to the RMNP today with Janis' parents - got snowed on a bit, saw a lot of elk and sheep.. had a good day! Here's a couple of pictures
Aleuvial Fan water falls
Sheep Lake area - snowing up in the mtns
Nice blue bird taken with my 500mm lens (HANDHELD) forgot my tripod! In fact did the waterfall blurring handheld too with a 500mm lens and at 1/30th sec..
Bobby and Phil are out here for awhile while Susan gets her house situated in Aguanga. Until the house closes and Phil and Bobby move in, they will be living with us. We did some trips out to Estes Park and to Lake Dillon with my mom. Some of the photos while they were here.
Phil and Bobby were eating at the breakfast nook and saw a fox come in. Bobby said oh look, a fox, and all of a sudden it grabbed up a rabbit and ran between the houses to where it lives across the street. It came back a bit later to again chase the rabbits. I got a photo of them and luckily was able to scare away the fox from getting another entree for her family.
Saw some nice bighorn sheep up past Golden, CO on the way to Blackhawk today. Nice big rams!
Road trip to Custer State Park South Dakota to see the bison and pronghorn antelope.
Every Year in Estes Park, the elk rut happens around October. Here’s some video of the rut of 2007.
October is the best time of year in Colorado - lots of foliage, lots of bull elks with major machismo.. check out the video taken on Wednesday up in the Rocky Mtn National park area
We went down Big Thompson River road on the way home from Estes Park today, and got a nice surprise, about 20 big horn sheep grazing on the side of the hill
Up west of Golden, CO we saw about 25 sheep grazing near Clear Creek - pretty cool to see them that close up -
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They were kind of frightened of me moving around and they started running off - but they came back - seems they're there a lot (could see the path they take ) so will try to go back when have more time and can set up for some good shots.
We put a birdfeeder out in the back yard and so far other than some sparrows and finches, this is the most unique bird that has used the feeder.
A yellow headed black bird. You can tell its female as its not just the head that is yellow, the female has the neck and breast yellow also.