Kip’s Comments 5-8-18

Young Fox at Den - Image 503541 (© Kip Ladage)

 
Wildlife and the Outdoors from Morning To Late in the Evening

Some days I am blessed with wildlife observation/photography opportunities from the break of day past the setting of the sun. Other days might not be so full. Today was a day of non-stop shooting with a number of nice images being recorded. Let’s take a look at the images in chronological order.   

When I pulled my kayak out during cooler morning temperatures, I noticed this lethargic bald-faced hornet on it.   

Bald-faced Hornet on Kayak:       

Bald-faced Hornet - Image 503137 (© Kip Ladage)

Bald-faced Hornet – Image 503137 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Then I explored at Sweet Marsh. I did not see anything out of the ordinary for species. Since the red-winged blackbirds were very cooperative, I concentrated my efforts on them (in addition to a few other birds).   

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh:   

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503166 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503166 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503182 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503182 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503200 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503200 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503201 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503201 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503216 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503216 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503221 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503221 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503231 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503231 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503236 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503236 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503255 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503255 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503261 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503261 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh:     

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503270 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503270 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503318 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503318 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503330 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503330 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 503348 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Red-winged Blackbird at Sweet Marsh – Image 503348 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Backlit Sora at Sweet Marsh:     

Backlit Sora at Sweet Marsh - Image 503441 (© Kip Ladage)

Backlit Sora at Sweet Marsh – Image 503441 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sandhill Cranes at Sweet Marsh:   

Sandhill Crane at Sweet Marsh - Image 503412 (© Kip Ladage)

Sandhill Crane at Sweet Marsh – Image 503412 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sandhill Crane at Sweet Marsh - Image 503413 (© Kip Ladage)

Sandhill Crane at Sweet Marsh – Image 503413 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sandhill Crane at Sweet Marsh - Image 503415 (© Kip Ladage)

Sandhill Crane at Sweet Marsh – Image 503415 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Greater Scaup at Sweet Marsh:       

Greater Scaup on Cattails at Sweet Marsh - Image 503387 (© Kip Ladage)

Greater Scaup on Cattails at Sweet Marsh – Image 503387 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Northern Water Snake at Sweet Marsh:     

Northern Water Snake at Sweet Marsh - Image 503405 (© Kip Ladage)

Northern Water Snake at Sweet Marsh – Image 503405 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Northern Water Snake at Sweet Marsh - Image 503407 (© Kip Ladage)

Northern Water Snake at Sweet Marsh – Image 503407 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Northern Water Snake at Sweet Marsh - Image 503410 (© Kip Ladage)

Northern Water Snake at Sweet Marsh – Image 503410 (© Kip Ladage)

 

As I was leaving I noticed a few bloodroots looking very pretty.   

Bloodroots at Sweet Marsh:   

Bloodroot at Sweet Marsh - Image 503144 (© Kip Ladage)

Bloodroot at Sweet Marsh – Image 503144 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Bloodroot at Sweet Marsh - Image 503145 (© Kip Ladage)

Bloodroot at Sweet Marsh – Image 503145 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Bloodroot at Sweet Marsh - Image 503163 (© Kip Ladage)

Bloodroot at Sweet Marsh – Image 503163 (© Kip Ladage)

 

During the evening many of us enjoyed our final Tuesday evening “Marsh Migration” event for 2018. (Note: We still have the popular Mother’s Day outing coming up.) As we were unloading kayaks, this least weasel made a very brief appearance. I hope to shoot better pictures of it sometime soon.   

Least Weasel at Sweet Marsh:   

Least Weasel at Sweet Marsh - Image 503445 (© Kip Ladage)

Least Weasel at Sweet Marsh – Image 503445 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migration:           

Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 503448 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 503448 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 503458 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 503458 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 503474 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 503474 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh - Image 503486 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations at Sweet Marsh – Image 503486 (© Kip Ladage)

 

After Marsh Migrations I was settled in at home when I received a call about young fox. Even though it was dark and raining, Kristy and I went out to check on them. I hope to shoot more pics of these too.   

Young Red Fox at Den:

Young Fox at Den - Image 503496 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Fox at Den – Image 503496 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Fox at Den - Image 503502 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Fox at Den – Image 503502 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Fox at Den - Image 503503 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Fox at Den – Image 503503 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Fox at Den - Image 503508 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Fox at Den – Image 503508 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Fox at Den - Image 503519 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Fox at Den – Image 503519 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Fox at Den - Image 503540 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Fox at Den – Image 503540 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Fox at Den - Image 503541 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Fox at Den – Image 503541 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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