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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Sandstone Ranch

February 26th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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We were only trying to approach ​closer to ​ a big raptor​ that Sharon had spotted high in a big tree hundreds of feet to the east. The raptor was well beyond the boundary of the City of Longmont’s Sandstone Ranch ​Park, but we found an open gate.

Through the gate we followed a service road for a few feet, but then it petered out. Lacking a road or even a trail, we walked for about half a mile down a dry stream bed and approached close enough to see that the raptor we had been chasing was an eagle.

​It was a juvenile bald eagle taking a long rest, and I got off this shot​ before it finally flew off:

​We Chased This Raptor, a Juvenile Bald Eagle

We Chased This Raptor, a Juvenile Bald Eagle

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Finding the raptor was what we had set out to do. In fact, we had been hoping to see one even before we left our homes in Boulder. And finding this young one led to much more, its family.

High and clear in the sunny sky one adult bald eagle and four juveniles circled directly over us for many minutes. I got off hundreds of shots of them, but even with my 400mm super-telephoto lens they were closer to being specks than birds. Finally the adult came down to take a good look at us, giving us in turn a good look at it.

The Adult Bald Eagle Soars

The Adult Bald Eagle Soars

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The resurgence of bald eagles is nature’s biggest comeback. Driving to the edge of extinction within my lifetime due to hunting, habitat loss, and DDT contamination, they are now a symbol of survival as well as being the American national bird. May our country have such good fortune.

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  • 1 George Victor, III // Mar 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Dear David,
    Hi. Those some beautiful pictures of wildlife and you and your sweetheart. I am an old friend that you us to hangout with in Santa Barbara, CA.

    In closing, it would be nice to hear from you. I have twins now that are in 3rd grade; a boy and a girl. My telephone number is 507-351-2751 cell weekends are the best time to reach me. george Victor

  • 2 David Mendosa // Mar 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Dear George,

    So wonderful to hear from you after all these years! I had just been thinking of you. I will call you on Saturday.

    Namaste,

    David