Kip’s Comments 10-7-19

Turkey Vultures with Wings Spread - Image 591044 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Welcomed With Open Wings (and more)

During my early morning drive today I noticed a lack of turkey vultures in the sky. For a few minutes I wondered if maybe the carrion eaters had left the area until it warms up next spring. Then I rounded a corner and noticed many turkey vultures, most with their wings spread wide, warming up in the autumn sun and not a bit worried about me.

If I could change anything, I would have appreciated being able to photograph the turkey vultures without looking into the rising sun.   

Turkey Vultures with Wings Open: 

Turkey Vulture with Wings Spread - Image 591011 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vulture with Wings Spread – Image 591011 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vulture with Wings Spread - Image 591030 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vulture with Wings Spread – Image 591030 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vultures with Wings Spread - Image 591044 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vultures with Wings Spread – Image 591044 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vulture with Wings Spread - Image 591085 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vulture with Wings Spread – Image 591085 (© Kip Ladage)

       

Not far from the turkey vultures I saw two flocks of wild turkeys, most of them young birds. Like the vultures, the turkeys did not seem worried about me either, even when I stood on the road to photograph them.   

Wild Turkeys: 

Wild Turkey - Image 591093 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 591093 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys - Image 591096 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys – Image 591096 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys - Image 591100 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys – Image 591100 (© Kip Ladage)

         

A red-tailed hawk on a utility pole did not stay on its perch when I pulled out the Nikon.   

Red-tailed Hawk: 

Red-tailed Hawk - Image 590974 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-tailed Hawk – Image 590974 (© Kip Ladage)

   

One of the nicest things I saw today was something I first saw last week in the rain. Today I was able to photograph a field of soybeans nearly ready for harvest with cover crops growing between the rows of beans. The soybeans will hopefully make a worthwhile income while the cover crops will hopefully retain some nitrogen and contribute to improved soil quality. 

Soybeans with Cover Crops:

Soybeans with Cover Crops - Image 591143 (© Kip Ladage)

Soybeans with Cover Crops – Image 591143 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Soybeans with Cover Crops - Image 591162 (© Kip Ladage)

Soybeans with Cover Crops – Image 591162 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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