Kip’s Comments 4-7-18

Common Loon in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 495128 (© Kip Ladage)

 
A Cold Morning Big Woods Lake Wildlife Extravaganza

Yesterday I paddled my kayak at Big Woods Lake and saw a variety of wildlife. Unfortunately, I was forced to shoot the pictures against a gray sky due to weather conditions. When I saw this morning that our sky was bright blue and cloud free, I decided to return to Big Woods Lake to shoot pictures of the same species under better conditions. Not only did I see the same species, but I added images of two additional species as well.

Note: I did not photograph all species I saw, just the easy birds.   

Second Note: I fine-tuned my camo-covered kayak before this outing. That Canada geese and a mallard would remain in the grass as I floated past tells me I might be getting close on a good match with the local habitat.      

American White Pelican at Big Woods Lake:   

American White Pelican in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 495103 (© Kip Ladage)

American White Pelican in Flight at Big Woods Lake – Image 495103 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American White Pelican in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 495108 (© Kip Ladage)

American White Pelican in Flight at Big Woods Lake – Image 495108 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant in Flight at Big Woods Lake:

Double-crested Cormorant in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 495130 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant in Flight at Big Woods Lake – Image 495130 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 495133 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant in Flight at Big Woods Lake – Image 495133 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron and Canada Goose:       

Great Blue Heron at Big Woods Lake - Image 495157 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron at Big Woods Lake – Image 495157 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hen Mallard in Grass at Big Woods Lake:     

Hen Mallard in Grass at Big Woods Lake - Image 495163 (© Kip Ladage)

Hen Mallard in Grass at Big Woods Lake – Image 495163 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hen Mallard in Grass at Big Woods Lake - Image 495164 (© Kip Ladage)

Hen Mallard in Grass at Big Woods Lake – Image 495164 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canada Geese in Grass at Big Woods Lake: 

Canada Geese in Grass at Big Woods Lake - Image 495118 (© Kip Ladage)

Canada Geese in Grass at Big Woods Lake – Image 495118 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Ruddy Ducks at Big Woods Lake:     

Ruddy Ducks at Big Woods Lake - Image 495217 (© Kip Ladage)

Ruddy Ducks at Big Woods Lake – Image 495217 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Ruddy Ducks at Big Woods Lake - Image 495221 (© Kip Ladage)

Ruddy Ducks at Big Woods Lake – Image 495221 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Coots at Big Woods Lake: 

American Coots at Big Woods Lake - Image 495093 (© Kip Ladage)

American Coots at Big Woods Lake – Image 495093 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Pied-billed Grebe:   

Pied-billed Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 495173 (© Kip Ladage)

Pied-billed Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 495173 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Ring-billed Gull at Big Woods Lake:   

Ring-billed Gull at Big Woods Lake - Image 495178 (© Kip Ladage)

Ring-billed Gull at Big Woods Lake – Image 495178 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Ring-billed Gull at Big Woods Lake - Image 495185 (© Kip Ladage)

Ring-billed Gull at Big Woods Lake – Image 495185 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vulture in Flight and Sunning (near Big Woods Lake):     

Turkey Vulture in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 495233 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vulture in Flight at Big Woods Lake – Image 495233 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vultures Sunning at Big Woods Lake - Image 495246 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vultures Sunning at Big Woods Lake – Image 495246 (© Kip Ladage)

 

My favorite observation of the morning was this common loon.   

Common Loon at Big Woods Lake:           

Common Loon in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 495128 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Loon in Flight at Big Woods Lake – Image 495128 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Common Loon in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 495125 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Loon in Flight at Big Woods Lake – Image 495125 (© Kip Ladage)

 

For those keeping score, the tree swallows have arrived! 

Tree Swallow:

Tree Swallow at Big Woods Lake - Image 495226 (© Kip Ladage)

Tree Swallow at Big Woods Lake – Image 495226 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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