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    • ThePG

      I love 'em. I see majesty, nobility, strength, and integrity. If only my native country's politicians would reflect those traits.

      This image of an immature bald eagle was captured at Barr Lake State Park in Adams County, CO in February 2017. Every year starting around December - January, bald eagles begin to migrate through Colorado. Barr Lake wildlife officials take a daily count of eagles at the park and on this day, the count was 53. There is a nesting pair at the park, and as I continue to add to this conversation, I will introduce them and other eagles to you. Thanks for joining the conversation!

    • ThePG

      This may be the nesting pair of eagles at Barr Lake State Park in Adams County, CO. It cannot be confirmed due to distance and time of year, as it is during the annual migration.

      The nesting pair has been seen at the lake every year since 1986, which is remarkable when you consider that before this lake / reservoir was created (over a hundred years ago), it was a buffalo wallow!

      In the background is what I believe to be Centralia Mountain (9,795ft / 2985.5), Thorodin Mountain (10,540ft / 3212.6m) and Starr Peak (10,511ft / 3203.7m) which, for Colorado, are some of our smaller to average sized peaks. But it is only a guess, as I am horrible at identifying Colorado peaks.

    • ThePG

      This is an immature bald eagle I photographed at Barr Lake back in February or March. I was astonished at how calm it was at my presence. Most eagles will fly away if you get too close, but this one was not only unruffled at my presence, but even seemed to be a bit curious! I was only too happy to oblige it!

    • ThePG

      Here's a golden eagle closeup portrait. This particular bird is a rescue. Unfortunately, I took this a few years ago at an outdoor event and don't remember the story associated to it's ending up in a rehabilitation center. I do recall the representive said this eagle would likely never fly again due to its inability to fly and hunt. So, while sad, I still only see majesty and strength in this image.

    • Pa

      I posted an image earlier demonstrating how I think of juvenile eagles as clothed in camo clothing. It even makes their head and eyes hard to see against an evergreen forest.

      But sometimes, I find they make rather nice black and white images, like this one, from Alaska - converted in Silver FX

    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      What an incredible image that is. It makes me think of all the amazing advances in dynamic range, autofocus, high ISOs, high shutter speeds, resolution, and processing software we’ve seen over the last two decades. Not to take anything away from your mad skills, but damn.

    • Pa

      It has been an interesting ride for me in photography over the last two decades - I grew up with SLRs as an adolescent, Mamiya-Sekor 500TL when I was in college, and what I thought was a fantastic camera system - the Olympus OMD 1 and II when I was finally working - but I could never quite capture what I knew they were capable of in skilled hands.

      And later, digital image editing took a long time to really come of age, but we are getting there.

      Since joining dgrin, and going on workshops with Andy and Marc and their cohorts, I am finally learning to "see" an image - I always told Marc that I really didn't want a better camera, but a better pair of eyes. Under their tutelage, and lots of practice, and much better cameras, lenses, and software, I think I am finally beginning to "see" potential in images before I press the shutter - sometimes.

      This image I discovered lurking in my Lightroom archives, - the juvenile eagle was sharp, and lovely, but was captured against a dull grey flat sky that is not unusual in south east Alaska and did not favor the eagle - and I had this gorgeous blue sky with clouds all lined up in a nice V shape that I caught in western Kansas - they just seemed to need to be together in my minds eye.

      Thank you for your comments , I am grateful that you seem to like it as much as I do.

      I was fortunate many years ago to be hanging around on advrider, when you invited me to join a new website called digitalgrin. Little did I know at the time, how large a part of my life, websites that you helped create, would become .

      I thank you, and look forward to even greater success for cake.co

    • ThePG

      An exciting example of #urbanwildlifephotography - this image of a bald eagle making an ice landing was taken at Sloans Lake, an urban park in the Sloans Lake neighborhood of Denver, CO. The lake is man-made, but the facts surrounding its creation are somewhat disputed. What is known is that it did not exist when Denver was first settled and it currently covers part of the road that was used to travel from Denver to Golden. Most people believe that in 1861, a farmer named Thomas Sloan dug a well that overflowed and flooded 200 acres. Today it is a popular gathering place not just for residents, but cormorants, ducks, geese, pelicans, hawks, and the occasional eagle or two.

    You've been invited!