Kip’s Comments 11-24-19

Bra in Tree Over Wapsipinicon River - Image 599502 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Victoria’s Secret, Saved the Cats, and Passing Through

The post you are about to read may appear a bit confusing. Several topics bounce around from one idea to another. But, that is the way today went so here we go!       

Early this morning I paddled my kayak on the Wapsipinicon River at Frederika. One week ago Indian Pond and part of the Wapsipinicon River was covered in ice. Today I had nearly free range except for quiet backwater areas.     

As I paddled from Indian Pond to the main channel of the Wapsipinicon River I floated underneath what may end up being Victoria’s best kept secret. I am sure there is a story behind what I found, but I do not know the details. Perhaps those who are familiar with this are blushing, embarrassed, or simply prefer to keep the information to themselves?       

Bra Hanging From Tree Over Wapsipinicon River: 

Bra in Tree Over Wapsipinicon River - Image 599502 (© Kip Ladage)

Bra in Tree Over Wapsipinicon River – Image 599502 (© Kip Ladage)

 

This was the view from my kayak during my morning paddle outing.             

Kayaking the Wapsipinicon River:

Kayaking the Wapsipinicon River - Image 599551 (© Kip Ladage)

Kayaking the Wapsipinicon River – Image 599551 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Kayaking the Wapsipinicon River - Image 599612 (© Kip Ladage)

Kayaking the Wapsipinicon River – Image 599612 (© Kip Ladage)

 

During my travels today I saw many bald eagles. Most were adults, but there were a few younger eagles seen too. Of the eagles I noticed, these two were close enough to photograph and willing to remain stationary for pictures.

The bald eagle sitting in the tree with little branches in front of it (second image) was parked near a farm house. As I watched and photographed the majestic bird, I wondered why I found it in a rather vulnerable location and why it refused to move. Then I noticed what the bird was studying so intently – two small farm cats (possibly still kittens (with collars)) were milling about under the tree. I wonder what would have happened had I left the scene with the eagle watching the kittens. I think I know.   

Adult Bald Eagles in Trees: 

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 599728 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 599728 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 599806 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 599806 (© Kip Ladage)

           

Finally, thanks to a text message I was alerted to a family of trumpeter swans on Plainfield Lake. Each of the birds appeared healthy and prepared for their migration. It is possible they will not move too much further south. It is also possible they may move toward Beemer’s Pond near Webster City. That location is a private aerated pond that hosts many swans during the winter months. How the swans know to overwinter there is a question I have no answers for.   

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake:

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake - Image 599813 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake – Image 599813 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake - Image 599825 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake – Image 599825 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake - Image 599868 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake – Image 599868 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake - Image 599920 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake – Image 599920 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Young Trumpeter Swan at Plainfield Lake - Image 599936 (© Kip Ladage)

Young Trumpeter Swan at Plainfield Lake – Image 599936 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake - Image 599959 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans at Plainfield Lake – Image 599959 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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