Kip’s Comments 3-12-18

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight - Image 490157 (© Kip Ladage)

 
Species of the Day – Rough-legged Hawk; A Thought-provoking Conversation

This first part of today’s post is intended to be informational for my bird watching friends.     

Around the Sweet Marsh area and probably more of Northeast Iowa, it is not too difficult to find a rough-legged hawk hovering over suitable habitat in search of prey. When I found one today that stayed close to where I was, I shot a good number of pictures that clearly show the identifying coloration patterns of the species.

If you get a chance, see if you can find a rough-legged hawk hovering like a super-sized kestrel over a ditch or grassy habitat.   

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight: 

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight - Image 490157 (© Kip Ladage)

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight – Image 490157 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight - Image 490158 (© Kip Ladage)

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight – Image 490158 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight - Image 490162 (© Kip Ladage)

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight – Image 490162 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight - Image 490167 (© Kip Ladage)

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight – Image 490167 (© Kip Ladage)

 

This afternoon I enjoyed a good conversation with a fellow wildlife and nature appreciator. We shared thoughts on revealing locations of wildlife. On one side of the issue is the idea that sharing where the wildlife can be found may put the animals at risk (we love them to death (or to a stressful level)). On the other hand, by not sharing the information about where to see and study wildlife, we risk the continuation of our disconnected society – those folks who may have never enjoyed the outdoors and our natural world and often do not feel the closeness necessary to strive for protection and preservation of green spaces.    

For the most part I lean in the direction of sharing and introducing others to wildlife. If we don’t nurture the younger generations to appreciate the outdoors, the outdoors may be threatened by apathy – not intentionally, but because they know nothing different.  We must plant the seeds necessary to assure the protection of our natural world. What do you think?         

Back to Photos…One often unappreciated species that I photographed today was the American coot. This one was working in shallow water not too far from where I was.   

American Coot:   

American Coot at Sweet Marsh - Image 490128 (© Kip Ladage)

American Coot at Sweet Marsh – Image 490128 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Coot at Sweet Marsh - Image 490132 (© Kip Ladage)

American Coot at Sweet Marsh – Image 490132 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Coot at Sweet Marsh - Image 490146 (© Kip Ladage)

American Coot at Sweet Marsh – Image 490146 (© Kip Ladage)

 

For those wondering, Sweet Marsh still has not opened up. What little open water that exists is being used by trumpeter swans, greater white-fronted and Canada geese.

Trumpeter Swans, Greater White-fronted and Canada Geese at Sweet Marsh - Image 490177 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans, Greater White-fronted and Canada Geese at Sweet Marsh – Image 490177 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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