Dan Walters Wildlife Photography
Bald Eagles in Colorado

Thanks to the protection of this magnificent bird, the bald eagle population in Colorado is increasing. From Fort Collins all the way to Cherry Creek State Park, eagles can be seen on a daily basis.

Bald eagles feed primarily on fish, which they catch themselves, or steal from other eagles or osprey.

Hooded Mergansers

Watching these ducks feed on the local crayfish population can be quite entertaining. Once they find their prey, they will grab them by their largest claws and shake them until they snap them. They then swallow the rest of the crayfish. Quite the appetite for such a small duck. Not only do the the hooded mergansers enjoy this feast, but other diving ducks, such as the red-breasted merganser and the common goldeneye also join in.

Bighorn Sheep

The bighorn sheep rut is heating up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Adult rams develop a breeding hierarchy, based on the size of their horns and their head-to-head combat. Their horns often show the results of these battles. If you look close, you can see numerous scars and chunks of horn missing.

Autumn Rut

November is a busy time for wildlife photography. Not only are the bighorn sheep starting their rut, but you also have the mule deer and white-tailed deer beginning their rut as well.

Wood Ducks in Autumn

Autumn is a great time to photograph wood ducks. The leaves reflected in the water, along with the color of the ducks, make for some very colorful images.

It is important to shoot early in the morning or late in the day to really make the colors pop. Also shoot at a low level to get more intimate portraits.

Moose (by Dan Walters)

Variety of moose photographed in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado.

With fall quickly approaching the high country, the pika are busy storing food for the upcoming winter. In the winter, they will build snow tunnels
to collect more plants.

Snowy egrets are very energetic hunters. Jumping from spot to spot trying to catch their prey. They will also shuffle their feet along the bottom of the lake or pond, scaring more fish to the surface.

The adult burrowing owls have been busy feeding the owlets. Both adults bringing in crickets, field mice and beetles. The young owls are also learning to catch their own food, of pouncing on unsuspecting insects.

Spring is a great time for bird photography. With may birds migrating through and other birds working on their nests, there are a lot of photo opportunities.