Kip’s Comments 4-9-19

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555976 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Woodcock Surprise and a Tuesday Marsh Migrations

Last night at dusk I went out to photograph American woodcocks again. My effort was modified to allow me more flexibility to find and photograph the elusive birds in near total darkness. The process paid off when I was able to not only shoot pictures of an American woodcock, but the bird was calling, looking around, and probing the soft soil for worms.     

American woodcocks have a flexible upper beak to allow them to grab worms and grubs in the dirt. Read more about these fascinating birds at this link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Woodcock/lifehistory    

For my wildlife photographer friends – if you are looking for a challenge, pursue these interesting birds. Don’t expect success right away, but stick with it and you might get the shots. In the images below, the “open beak” photos were recorded when the woodcock was making its “peent” call.

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555960 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555960 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555976 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555976 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555978 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555978 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555982 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555982 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555983 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555983 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555988 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555988 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555995 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555995 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555996 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555996 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555998 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555998 (© Kip Ladage)

 

American Woodcock at Dusk - Image 555999 (© Kip Ladage)

American Woodcock at Dusk – Image 555999 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Tonight a small group of us enjoyed another “Marsh Migrations” paddling event hosted by Crawdaddy Outdoors. Had today’s weather conditions extended into this evening, the paddling would have been perfect. Instead, we had to accept a certain level of wetness. After paddling we witnessed the “Sky Dance of a Woodcock” at close range.    

Following are images recorded while kayaking.

Marsh Migrations Kayaking - Image 556025 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations Kayaking – Image 556025 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migrations Kayaking - Image 556012 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations Kayaking – Image 556012 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migrations Kayaking - Image 556040 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations Kayaking – Image 556040 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migrations Kayaking - Image 556042 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations Kayaking – Image 556042 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migrations Kayaking - Image 556047 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations Kayaking – Image 556047 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migrations Kayaking - Image 556049 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations Kayaking – Image 556049 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Marsh Migrations Kayaking - Image 556060 (© Kip Ladage)

Marsh Migrations Kayaking – Image 556060 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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