Kip’s Comments 1-12-19

Great Blue Heron in Snow on Shell Rock River - Image 541657 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Checking on the Offspring

Way back when, so many years ago that I cannot remember for sure, I had the opportunity to work with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on a wild turkey reintroduction project. One location were we released the birds was Heery Woods State Park, near Clarksville. Today as I returned from Heery Woods I spotted a small flock of turkeys in a field not far from the release site. As I watched the birds I wondered, almost assumed, that the birds I was seeing were offspring many generations later from the turkeys we set free.     

The success of the wild turkeys in Iowa has been amazing. Turkeys are easily seen around the state. Thank you Iowa DNR for this great project!   

Wild Turkeys in Snow:     

Wild Turkey in Snow - Image 541797 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey in Snow – Image 541797 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey in Snow - Image 541757 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey in Snow – Image 541757 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys in Snow - Image 541724 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys in Snow – Image 541724 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Not too far from the turkeys I saw and photographed a lone great blue heron that is still hanging around. If the winter stays mild, I suppose it would be possible that the heron would not need to move away from the area. We still have plenty of time for bitter cold temperatures, but anything is possible.   

Great Blue Heron in Snow Along Shell Rock River: 

Great Blue Heron in Snow on Shell Rock River - Image 541657 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron in Snow on Shell Rock River – Image 541657 (© Kip Ladage)

         

Today’s snow made for pretty pictures. Thankfully we received only a light dusting. Following are a few photos of the winter landscape:

Snowy Timber Scenic - Image 541704 (© Kip Ladage)

Snowy Timber Scenic – Image 541704 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Snowy Timber Scenic - Image 541685 (© Kip Ladage)

Snowy Timber Scenic – Image 541685 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Snowy Timber Scenic - Image 541672 (© Kip Ladage)

Snowy Timber Scenic – Image 541672 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Shell Rock River in Snow - Image 541668 (© Kip Ladage)

Shell Rock River in Snow – Image 541668 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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