Kip’s Comments 2-11-19

Opossum in Whitetail Deer RIb Cage - Image 545660 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Before the Storm…Critters Galore!

When I drive, not only do I watch the road, but I tend to look around too. A person never really knows what they might see. Those driving fast often miss seeing the little things that make our landscape interesting. We are blessed to have plenty of wildlife out and about, even during the winter months. Today was one of those days when I saw birds and mammals without exerting much effort to find them.       

Whitetail Deer – It was a good thing I was watching for deer as I drove in timbered areas. I saw them bedded, thinking about crossing the road, and actually taking their chances to dart in front of me. 

Whitetail Deer Bedded in Snow - Image 545485 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer Bedded in Snow – Image 545485 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer in Snowy Timber - Image 545496 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer in Snowy Timber – Image 545496 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer on Road - Image 545511 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer on Road – Image 545511 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Bald Eagles: The eagle courtship season appears to be in full swing. In one spot that happened to also have a dead raccoon nearby, I saw seven bald eagles – two juveniles and five adults. From what I could tell, the raccoon may have been fresh since several eagles were sporting dabs of blood on their white feathers and beaks. 

Adult Bald Eagle Feeding on Raccoon - Image 545550 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle Feeding on Raccoon – Image 545550 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 545560 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 545560 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle With Blood on Feathers - Image 545595 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle With Blood on Feathers – Image 545595 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle With Blood on Feathers - Image 545603 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle With Blood on Feathers – Image 545603 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle With Blood on Feathers (Eyes Closed) - Image 545621 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle With Blood on Feathers (Eyes Closed) – Image 545621 (© Kip Ladage)

     

Red-tailed Hawk: This red-tailed hawk was on perch on a branch hanging over the road. When the hawk did not take flight, I shot some pictures before continuing on my way.     

Red-tailed Hawk (Close) - Image 545636 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-tailed Hawk (Close) – Image 545636 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight: Unlike the red-tailed hawk that remained on perch, this rough-legged hawk took flight near me. Fortunately I was able to capture an image or two of the bird in motion. 

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight - Image 545640 (© Kip Ladage)

Rough-legged Hawk in Flight – Image 545640 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Opossum in Whitetail Deer Rib Cage: A slick road meant I was not traveling very fast when I spotted this opossum that had crawled deep into this whitetail deer rib cage. My best guess is whatever meat remained inside the rib cage was frozen solid. Apparently this opossum was hungry enough to risk exposure to gnaw on the remaining morsels of whitetail. 

Opossum in Whitetail Deer RIb Cage - Image 545660 (© Kip Ladage)

Opossum in Whitetail Deer RIb Cage – Image 545660 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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