c_losc Those are some sharp talons you have there! I have seen more Red-tailed Hawks this winter than ever before. It looks like it was a great breeding season in 2014. This hawk was pretty patient, allowing me to photograph it for a while. It was a cold morning, who wants to fly in -4F degree weather anyways?!?!? 2h

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c_losc Winter time means an abundance of White-crowned Sparrows. Ever heard their sweet song? They learn it in the first 3 months of life. They learn it by listening to the song environment in the community they were born in. Their song is unique to their "neighborhood". Some Sparrows who were raised on the borders of their community may be bilingual and may sing in either song. Next time you see one of these very common sparrows think of what makes them unique and fascinating. 16h

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c_losc An adult Golden Eagle feasting. Photographed near my home in Utah. As you can see the Magpies wanted some of the action at the table too. 1d

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c_losc Female Belted Kingfisher keeps a sharp eye on the stream below. Shortly after this image was taken she dove and flew off with a nice fish in her beak. 2d

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c_losc A Northern Pygmy Owl scans the area for rodents to prey on. 3d

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c_losc A very young Moose photographed in Utah's high country. 3d

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c_losc The Masked Killer. An almost raptor, the Loggerhead Shrike lacks the sharp talons of a raptor but is a predator in every other way. It kills birds and small mammals often piercing them through sharp objects as a way to store them as a future food supply and also for ease of eating. This one was fluffed up to keep warm on a cold winter evening. 4d

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c_losc A Northern Pintail Duck photographed at golden hour at Farmington Bay in Utah. 4d

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c_losc Ever heard the Steller's Jay mimic another animal? They can mimic a wide variety of birds, squirrels, cats, dogs, chickens and that's just the start. I love these very intelligent birds for so many reasons, but the main reason is for how beautiful and vibrant they are. 5d

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c_losc Born To Be Wild - A Bald Eagle shows of its powerful wings as it takes flight in Northern Utah. 6d
  •   c_losc @confusioncircle Thanks man. Bald Eagles have been somewhat scarce this year but we have enough to have fun. I am making a trip up to your neck of the woods next month and would love to hang with you and @nicckers and hit Boundary Bay and any other cool spots. 5d
  •   c_losc @dcooper723 Thanks Dawne 5d
  •   nicckers Cool let us know when you will be up here :) 5d
  •   confusioncircle What? When? Ya, for sure lets hang out! Let me know the days you'll be here! Are you coming for pleasure or business? Are you bringing your gear? 5d
  •   andrejnaa Way cooler haha 5d
  •   greenmeadow @c_losc Wow!!! Great shot! 4d
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  •   jonstaphoto Awesome. 6h

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c_losc An American Kestrel looks back at me as he hears the shutter on my camera. 1w

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c_losc The Pirate of the Skies. An American Bald takes flight in Provo Canyon Utah. You can often find these eagles harassing other birds and even each other in order to steal food. They often let other raptors do the hard work and then just swoop in and take it because they can! #likeaboss 1w

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c_losc A Bald Eagle takes flight in search for prey. Photographed in Provo Canyon Utah. 1w
  •   rickybrandon Amazing 1w
  •   alanfullmer So sick! 1w
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  •   rsaphoto Love this! 6d
  •   christinademelo How do you get so close to them!? Simply amazing. Beautiful shot. Our only opportunity to see them here in Hamilon is usually far far out on frozen Lake Ontario. I saw 4 last week through a 60x magnification scope my friend has. Later one flew overhead but was soaring about 100 feet in the air. Maybe one day I will get a bald eagle shot too! 2d
  •   c_losc @christinademelo Thank you!! Getting close is always tough. We have Eagles that winter here in Utah and they sometimes allow you to get close enough to shoot with a 400mm or 600mm lens. I hope you get to photograph one soon. 2d
  •   christinademelo That's incredible. your photos are amazing and very much an inspiration. Thanks for the like on my first snowy owl shot. 2d
  •   c_losc @christinademelo For sure! I want to see he processed image when you have it done. 2d

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c_losc A Rough-legged Hawk's wingspan. Photographed on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah. 1w

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c_losc In the beautiful light of a winters sunset this American Kestrel rips apart a mouse for dinner. This image is a perfect example of beauty and gruesomeness. 2w

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c_losc Winter is a beautiful season. This is a view of Sundance Resort in Utah. #SundanceResort 2w

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c_losc Northern Harriers are very similar to Owls but have no relation. They use hearing as well as vision to capture prey. The disk-shaped face looks and works much like an owl’s, the feathers direct sound to the ears. This hawk is beautiful and exciting to photograph. 2w

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c_losc Red-tailed Hawk photographed in Logan Utah. These Hawks can be found in all of North America but the prettiest ones must live in Utah 2w

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c_losc I have some pretty awesome friends who enjoy photography as much as me. I also have an amazing group of followers here on Instagram. With that said I want to share their work with all of you too. @jc_wings is my partner in crime for most of my photographic adventures. His photography is amazing and if you are not already I would invite you to give him a follow. This is what you can expect to see. The bottom shot is one I took of him photographing a Long-tailed duck in one of those once in a lifetime experiences where a rare duck had no fear of us. John's photography is inspiring. @jc_wings 2w

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c_losc Female Moose photographed in Aspen Grove Utah. 2w

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