Kip’s Comments 3-7-19

Mallards in WInter in Flight - Image 548474 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Following Hunches

Due to work that was scheduled on my personal truck, I spent part of the day as time off from my regular job. Since the repair job took less time than anticipated, and since I had a meeting not far from the shop, I spent time in the area rather than driving back to work. To make good use of the time, I went looking for wildlife.       

Try as I might, the best that I found this morning were regular winter species – a red-breasted nuthatch and mallards.   

Red-breasted Nuthatch on Tree Branch: 

Red-breasted Nuthatch on Tree Branch - Image 548453 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-breasted Nuthatch on Tree Branch – Image 548453 (© Kip Ladage)

   

As for the mallards, while they are common, the view with a natural puffy (snow) frame along the bottom of the image – like cottonballs – was different. Below is that image as well as a view of a hen and a drake mallard in flight: 

Mallards in WInter - Image 548469 (© Kip Ladage)

Mallards in WInter – Image 548469 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Mallards in WInter in Flight - Image 548474 (© Kip Ladage)

Mallards in WInter in Flight – Image 548474 (© Kip Ladage)

     

As I commuted between critters and meetings, I noticed and photographed horned larks along the edge of a road.   

Horned Lark Along Road:

Horned Lark Along Road - Image 548490 (© Kip Ladage)

Horned Lark Along Road – Image 548490 (© Kip Ladage)

 

After two meetings and before the third meeting, I grabbed a quick sandwich. For reasons unknown to me I had an urge to drive by Babcock Woods in southwest Waverly. I expected to see whitetail deer, but none were present. My hunch continued that I should check out the prairie in winter. Once at the prairie, there was nothing flying over or roaming through that I could see, but there was a very nice looking adult bald eagle perched on a branch watching me. I don’t know why or how those hunches happen, but I hope they continue.   

Adult Bald Eagle at Babcock Woods:

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 548551 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 548551 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight - Image 548515 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Flight – Image 548515 (© Kip Ladage)

   

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the many people who ventured out tonight to share an evening of nature photography and conversation. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thank you for joining me!

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