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Photo Tours

September 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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Photo  tours are the best way to see Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and are one of its most generous offerings. Twice this month I went back for two more of these free three-hour tours that we take with a tour guide in a small van holding eight or nine of us.

Today’s tour started at sunrise and had bright sun throughout, while the evening tour three weeks ago ran out of light about half way through. Both tours, however, yielded some good shots that I combine in this photo essay.

The tour today started off quickly with this view of a hawk on a post.

Hawk on a Post

Hawk on a Post

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A little later we found another hawk and then this owl down on the prairie.

Grounded Hawk

Grounded Hawk

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Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

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Aside from the raptors, one of my favorite birds is the American white pelican. I love its long bill so much that I almost wish that I had one myself.

Two American White Pelicans

Two American White Pelicans

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While national wildlife refuges exist primarily for the benefit of our country’s birds and fish, larger wildlife also benefit from protection in a natural environment.

The King of the Plains After a Drink

The King of the Plains After a Drink

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Hawks here comprise at least half of the raptors. Earlier this month I also saw many.

How About a Snake for Dinner?

How About a Snake for Dinner?

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While the photo tour on the evening of September 4 ran out of light, when that happened, it was glorious.

Sunset at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Reserve

Sunset at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Reserve

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  • 1 Bob Fenton // Sep 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    That is good that they are getting the snakes. I can’t identify the snake, but it may be a Western Diamond Back.

    Good photos!

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