Friday 23 June 2017

East to Denver and home 21st June.

Bald Eagle

Wednesday 21st June

I was out at 6 am hoping to get a good shot of the Bald Eagles and as I looked through the curtains of our motorhome I saw that one was perched out on a dead branch on the opposite side of the river.
Moments later and I was dressed and camera in hand and… the eagle was gone!

In its place was a small falcon which I now know to be an American Kestrel so not all lost!

Had our breakfast and peering out of the window I noticed the eagle come back to the tree. Quick as a flash I had it in the can! Cracking bird in great light.

We left Silt at 07:30 as I needed to get to the next site for an appointment and drove east of IS70 to the next KOA at Central City Denver West.

The road cuts right through the high mountains of the Rockies and we passed all the skiing areas such as Aspen, Vail & Breckenridge and cut through Vail Pass at 10,666 feet followed by the Eisenhower tunnel at 11,158 ft and a length of 1.697 mi (2.73 km) eastbound.

We arrived at the KOA which is at 8510 feet and I can certainly feel it as my mouth is always dry and I’m out of breath quickly.

Had some great views of a pair of Black-chinned Hummingbirds and got a few nice shots of the male bird. Also had a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s warbler), a Dark-eyed Junco and several Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels.

Last of the steak for tea and have now checked in online for our flights back to London Heathrow tomorrow evening.

Male Black-chinned Hummingbird
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's Warbler) I think!


Sam and Lisa said...

What a trip, or should I say adventure with some cracking images.