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American Bald Eagle watching in Boulder County Colorado, This was a nice surprise. Hope you enjoy!

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Great Blue Heron Nest Building

Great Blue Heron Nest Building 1

 

Spring is such a great time of year for bird watching. One of my most favorites to watch are the Great Blue Herons in Boulder County, Colorado. You can watch these birds for hours as they fly in and out of the nest to the ground grabbing sticks for their nest. An amazing sight to see like watching prehistoric animals in flight.

Here are some great Blue Heron Facts. Hope you enjoy these images and information.

The Great Blue Heron belongs to a large family that includes herons, egrets, and bitterns. This world-wide family has about 60 species. The Great White Heron of Florida is a local color variation of the Great Blue and belongs to the same species.

The Great Blue Heron’s long legs allow it to hunt in deeper water than most other herons and egrets.

Great Blue Herons lay from three to seven eggs, but the usual number is four.

The Great blue Heron has special neck vertebrae that allow the neck to curl into an “S” shape, and its structure allows a lightning-quick strike at prey. In flight the neck is folded back into the S-shape and the legs are stretched out behind them.

Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision

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Great Blue Herons typically breed in colonies containing a few to several hundred pairs. Nest building begins when a male chooses a nesting territory and actively displays to attract a female. The large nest is usually built high up in a tree. The male gathers sticks for the female who constructs a platform nest lined with small twigs, bark strips, and conifer needles. The female lays 2-6 pale blue eggs, then both parents incubate them for 25-29 days (4 weeks) until the young hatch. The parents bring food to young at the nest for two months before the young can fly and continue feeding the birds for a few weeks after fledging the nest.

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Bald Eagle Blues Into The Night

Bald Eagle Blues Into The Night - James Bo Insogna

Bald Eagle Blues Into The Night. American Bald Eagle on a blue textured background. Composite image. June 28, 2007 – The Department of Interior took the American bald eagle off the endangered species list.  The bald eagle  is a member of the sea and fish eagle group. Both male and female adult bald eagles have a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and bill.  Bald eagles can live a long time, with a longevity record of 28 years in the wild and 36 years in captivity.

Fine Art Prints available  On-line –  Bald Eagle Blues Into The Night – James Bo Insogna

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American Bald Eagle Blues

American Bald Eagle Blues  Stretched Canvas Print / Canvas Ar

American Bald Eagle on a blue textured background. Composite image.   June 28, 2007 – The Department of Interior took the American bald eagle off the endangered species list. The removal of the bald eagle from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a member of the sea and fish eagle group. Both male and female adult bald eagles have a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and bill.
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Bald Eagle Blues

Bald Eagle Blues

American Bald Eagle on a blue textured background. Composite image.   June 28, 2007 – The Department of Interior took the American bald eagle off the endangered species list. The removal of the bald eagle from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a member of the sea and fish eagle group. Both male and female adult bald eagles have a blackish-brown back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and bill.  ( Prints online – Bald Eagle Blues)

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American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle strait on head shot with an American USA red white and blue flag background.  Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph. Wild bald eagles may live as long as thirty years.  All eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight. Fidelity – Once paired, bald eagles remain together until one dies.

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Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

Follow the leader. Canada Geese follow a leader and take turns leading. The goose in the front of the V formation has the hardest job, they are breaking the flow of air and everyone else is benefiting. The leader is also guiding the direction of the flock. When the one at the front needs a break, he/she goes to the back of the line and another moves to the front and leads the way. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. In this way, the geese can fly for a long time before they must stop for rest.  ( Prints available online –  Follow the Leader)
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Geese On Ice

Geese On Ice

Geese hanging out on McIntosh lake in Longmont Colorado, Boulder County with a view of of Longs Peak 14,256 ft and Mt Meeker 13,911 ft with clear blue skies.  ( Prints for sale online – Geese On Ice )

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Twin Peaks Blue

Twin Peaks Blue

A scenic landscape view through a large winter cottonwood tree from McIntosh lake in Longmont, Colorado, Boulder County. Clear blue sky view of the Twin Peaks, Mt Meeker 13,911 ft and Longs Peak 14,256 ft  with geese hanging out on the semi frozen lake.  ( Prints for sale online –  Twin Peaks Blue )  History – The lake was called Dawson after John Dawson (1839-1917) before taking the name McIntosh. Dawson joined the Chicago-Colorado Colony in 1871, and farmed east of Hygiene. In 2003, the City leased the surface rights to the lake with the intention of creating a district park which will link Dawson Park, Flanders Park and Boulder County’s Lohr Open Space.

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Winter Birdland What an Amazing sight

Birdland An Amazing Sight

Winter Tree filled with birds that from a distance look like leaves.  Boulder County Colorado.  What an amazing sight it was.

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