Kip’s Comments 6-12-19

Young River Otters Along the Cedar River - Image 572941 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Enjoying the Cedar River

An organized, disorganized event on the Cedar River today caused me to spend several hours on the river. As I slowly moved up and down the river, I was treated to many interesting glimpses of life on a very beautiful river.

By moving at a slow speed, the number of wildlife observations increased dramatically over a faster trip. Even though the noise of the boat motor was distracting to me and the animals, I still saw plenty.   

The first two images show how the ice this past spring damaged trees. In some cases the bark was completely removed. For other trees, the gouges were impressive and possibly not good for the health of the trees. 

Ice Damage to Trees Along the Cedar River - Image 572806 (© Kip Ladage)

Ice Damage to Trees Along the Cedar River – Image 572806 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Ice Damage to Trees Along the Cedar River - Image 572812 (© Kip Ladage)

Ice Damage to Trees Along the Cedar River – Image 572812 (© Kip Ladage)

     

Following is a sampling of some of the many images recorded while on the river. It was easy for me to choose a chance interaction with three young river otters, and then with their mother too, as my favorite minutes on the water.

Great Blue Heron on Cedar River - Image 572784 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron on Cedar River – Image 572784 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Mallard Along the Cedar River - Image 572846 (© Kip Ladage)

Mallard Along the Cedar River – Image 572846 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dame's Rocket - Image 572780 (© Kip Ladage)

Dame’s Rocket – Image 572780 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Muskrat Along the Cedar River - Image 572907 (© Kip Ladage)

Muskrat Along the Cedar River – Image 572907 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Painted Turtle Along the Cedar River - Image 572911 (© Kip Ladage)

Painted Turtle Along the Cedar River – Image 572911 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young River Otters Along the Cedar River - Image 572941 (© Kip Ladage)

Young River Otters Along the Cedar River – Image 572941 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young River Otters With Adult Along the Cedar River - Image 572965 (© Kip Ladage)

Young River Otters With Adult Along the Cedar River – Image 572965 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Softshell Turtle Along the Cedar River - Image 573010 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtle Along the Cedar River – Image 573010 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Softshell Turtle Along the Cedar River - Image 573019 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtle Along the Cedar River – Image 573019 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Softshell Turtles Along the Cedar River - Image 573032 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtles Along the Cedar River – Image 573032 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Softshell Turtle Along the Cedar River - Image 573068 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtle Along the Cedar River – Image 573068 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Softshell Turtle Along the Cedar River - Image 573119 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtle Along the Cedar River – Image 573119 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Swallow Nest Along the Cedar River - Image 573131 (© Kip Ladage)

Swallow Nest Along the Cedar River – Image 573131 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer Along the Cedar River - Image 573139 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer Along the Cedar River – Image 573139 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys Along the Cedar River - Image 573162 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys Along the Cedar River – Image 573162 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Woodchuck Along the Cedar River - Image 573182 (© Kip Ladage)

Woodchuck Along the Cedar River – Image 573182 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Bald Eagle in Nest Along the Cedar River - Image 573189(© Kip Ladage)

Young Bald Eagle in Nest Along the Cedar River – Image 573189(© Kip Ladage)

 

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