Kip’s Comments 3-8-19

Cooper's Hawk in Conifer - Image 548678 (© Kip Ladage)

 

A Mix of Species and Another Injured Animal

After finishing work I was able to shoot a few wildlife photos. To have time to get out and look around, to soak in a little bit of warmth, and to have to wear sunglasses was pleasant. My observations varied from wild, wide open spaces species to backyard animals.   

Out in the open I photographed a rooster ring-necked pheasant (in harsh light) and an adult bald eagle in a conifer tree.         

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snowy Field:

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snowy Field - Image 548582 (© Kip Ladage)

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snowy Field – Image 548582 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snowy Field - Image 548555 (© Kip Ladage)

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snowy Field – Image 548555 (© Kip Ladage)

   

Adult Bald Eagle in Conifer: 

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

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

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Conifer - Image 548639 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Conifer – Image 548639 (© Kip Ladage)

   

At home I watched as a Cooper’s hawk looked for a meal. The bird was not successful in our yard, but its presence did bring wildlife movement to a standstill until several minutes after the bird left the area. I wish the pictures were better, but all I could do was shoot out a window or the hawk would have promptly left the area and I would have had no images.   

Cooper’s Hawk in Conifer:

Cooper's Hawk in Conifer - Image 548678 (© Kip Ladage)

Cooper’s Hawk in Conifer – Image 548678 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Cooper's Hawk in Conifer - Image 548676 (© Kip Ladage)

Cooper’s Hawk in Conifer – Image 548676 (© Kip Ladage)

           

I put a camera near my feeder and let it record the avian visitors. View the video here: 

Birds at Our Black Oil Sunflower Seed Feeder           

Late this afternoon I received a call about a muskrat that had been hit by a car. Chances are, today was the first time the animal had ventured far from its winter home and it quickly was hit and injured. I am not sure if it will make survive the trauma. I will be taking the muskrat to Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project.   

Injured Muskrat:

Injured Muskrat - Image 548703 (© Kip Ladage)

Injured Muskrat – Image 548703 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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