Kip’s Comments 1-6-20

Adult Bald Eagle Preening in Tree - Image 603667 (© Kip Ladage)

 

One End of the Predatory Bird Spectrum to the Other

Here in Northeast Iowa nature photographers are blessed with a variety of wildlife species. From insects as small as snow fleas to large mammals such as moose and bears, I have pointed my camera and lenses at the full range of wildlife. To say that I have been blessed would be an immense understatement. Day after day, month after month, even year after year, I have been provided with wildlife interactions on a nearly daily basis.     

Today my wildlife observations were limited to predatory birds. The first bird to catch my attention was an adult bald eagle perched in a tree overlooking the Cedar River. The river itself seemed irrelevant to the eagle as it focused its attention on preening and positioning feathers. Even as traffic passed by, the bird did not end its efforts to prep its feathers for flight.       

As I photographed the eagle I was concerned the lighting and position of the bird might not be conducive to pleasing images. However, after reviewing the files and prepping them for sharing, I think the efforts were worthwhile.     

Adult Bald Eagle Preening and Perched in a Tree Overlooking the Cedar River: 

Adult Bald Eagle Preening in Tree - Image 603659 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle Preening in Tree – Image 603659 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle Preening in Tree - Image 603667 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle Preening in Tree – Image 603667 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 603716 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 603716 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 603728 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 603728 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 603757 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree – Image 603757 (© Kip Ladage)

     

After photographing the largest common predatory bird in Iowa, I soon had an uncommon opportunity to photograph the smallest common predatory bird in Iowa, an American kestrel. Kestrels are also the smallest member of the falcon family. This bird is a male American kestrel based primarily on the coloration of the breast feathers. (I sure with the lighting had been better.)  

American Kestrel on Power Line:

American Kestrel on Power Line - Image 603824 (© Kip Ladage)

American Kestrel on Power Line – Image 603824 (© Kip Ladage)

 

I really am blessed!  

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