Kip’s Comments 3-10-18

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 489888 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Two Outings, Different Species

Some time has passed since I was able to spend much of the day enjoying wildlife in the outdoors. My day began with a hike at Sweet Marsh. Since temperatures have dropped again resulting in more ice, most of the migrating waterfowl were congregated into a few spots of open water too far away for photos. My photo shooting opportunities were limited to the few waterfowl species that passed overhead. Unfortunately, the lighting was far from ideal.  

Buffleheads in Flight: 

Buffleheads in Flight - Image 489786 (© Kip Ladage)

Buffleheads in Flight – Image 489786 (© Kip Ladage)

         

Ring-necked Ducks in Flight: 

Ring-necked Ducks in Flight - Image 489818 (© Kip Ladage)

Ring-necked Ducks in Flight – Image 489818 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Northern Shovelers in Flight:     

Northern Shovelers in Flight - Image 489797 (© Kip Ladage)

Northern Shovelers in Flight – Image 489797 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Greater White-fronted Geese in Flight:

Greater White-fronted Geese in Flight - Image 489788 (© Kip Ladage)

Greater White-fronted Geese in Flight – Image 489788 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Non-waterfowl birds photographed included sandhill cranes, a northern harrier, and a red-shouldered hawk.     

Northern Harrier Hunting at Sweet Marsh:     

Northern Harrier in Flight - Image 489792 (© Kip Ladage)

Northern Harrier in Flight – Image 489792 (© Kip Ladage)

  

Sandhill Cranes at Sweet Marsh:           

Sandhill Cranes at Sweet Marsh - Image 489833 (© Kip Ladage)

Sandhill Cranes at Sweet Marsh – Image 489833 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-shouldered Hawk in Tree:             

Red-shouldered Hawk in Tree - Image 489814 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-shouldered Hawk in Tree – Image 489814 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-shouldered Hawk in Tree - Image 489815 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-shouldered Hawk in Tree – Image 489815 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-shouldered Hawk in Flight - Image 489817 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-shouldered Hawk in Flight – Image 489817 (© Kip Ladage)

 

My second outing today was to check on the two saw-whet owls I have been watching this winter. It took some looking, but eventually I did find them.   

Saw-whet Owls in Cedar Tree:   

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 489839 (© Kip Ladage)

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree – Image 489839 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 489842 (© Kip Ladage)

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree – Image 489842 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 489866 (© Kip Ladage)

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree – Image 489866 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 489872 (© Kip Ladage)

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree – Image 489872 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 489925 (© Kip Ladage)

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree – Image 489925 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 489888 (© Kip Ladage)

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree – Image 489888 (© Kip Ladage)

 

My photo-day ended with this red-tailed hawk on a street light.   

Red-tailed Hawk on Street Light:

Red-tailed Hawk on Street Light - Image 489998 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-tailed Hawk on Street Light – Image 489998 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-tailed Hawk on Street Light - Image 490001 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-tailed Hawk on Street Light – Image 490001 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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