Kip’s Comments 2-12-19

Gray Partridges in Snow - Image 545728 (© Kip Ladage)

 

The Benefits of Near-Blizzard Conditions

Yuck! That is the best word I can think of to describe the conditions outside right now. Many inches of snow (8″-10″) and continuous high winds make it just not nice outside.     

Ugly weather or not, earlier in the day I did shoot some pictures of wild birds. Due to the weather conditions, all species were more willing than normal to sit tight when I pointed my Nikon at them. I will begin with the most unexpected sighting – a small covey of gray partridges. First I saw one bird running for cover and then when I looked in a protected area I saw the rest of the bird’s family/friends. 

Gray Partridges in Snow:     

Gray Partridge in Snow - Image 545723 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray Partridge in Snow – Image 545723 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Gray Partridges in Snow - Image 545728 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray Partridges in Snow – Image 545728 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Gray Partridges in Snow - Image 545752 (© Kip Ladage)

Gray Partridges in Snow – Image 545752 (© Kip Ladage)

 

This adult bald eagle was soaring in the area of a fresh killed animal of some sort. It may have been a raccoon sliced thin and tossed in the ditch by a snow plow. The underside of this bird was dark due to the brighter background.    

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight - Image 545762 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight – Image 545762 (© Kip Ladage)

     

At home I had the typical backyard birds.   

Pine Siskin in Snow:   

Pine Siskin in Snow - Image 5457007 (© Kip Ladage)

Pine Siskin in Snow – Image 545707 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Northern Cardinal in Snow:

Male Northern Cardinal in Snow - Image 545683 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Northern Cardinal in Snow – Image 545683 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Female Northern Cardinal: 

Female Northern Cardinal in Snow - Image 545673 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Northern Cardinal in Snow – Image 545673 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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