Kip’s Comments 1-11-20

Barred Owl at Sweet Marsh - Image 604152 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Less About Photos, More About Sharing

Kristy and I were treated to grandchildren here for most of the weekend. Whenever that happens, I take advantage of the opportunity to share the outdoors with the youngsters. Already they understand much about nature and why it is important. 

The highlight of today was actually tonight when I called in not one, but two barred owls. Notice the plural on “owls.” I called in two owls with one of them perching on a branch just outside our window. Grandpa and Grandma were excited, but not nearly as thrilled as our two grandchildren were. The owls are still calling as I type this! 

Barred Owl in Tree (Called In):   

Barred Owl at Sweet Marsh - Image 604152 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl at Sweet Marsh – Image 604152 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Barred Owl at Sweet Marsh - Image 604144 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl at Sweet Marsh – Image 604144 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Today we created a “house blind” utilizing multiple windows to watch for birds and squirrels visiting our feeder area. When a critter approached close enough for photos, we took pictures. If not close enough, we simply laughed at their antics, especially when the squirrels attempted access to the seeds I have out for the birds.   

This photo was one of a very few recorded. It was used not only to identify downy woodpeckers, but also how to recognize males and females of the species. This view made it easy to know we where looking at a boy woodpecker. In other versions where the red was not visible, it was not so easy.     

I am a proud grandpa when my four-year old grandson can identify several species and correctly point out genders. He is off to a great start!  Even though I shot few photos today, I had a great time with the kids. There will be more time for pictures later.   

Male Downy Woodpecker:

Male Downy Woodpecker - Image 604130 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Downy Woodpecker – Image 604130 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Yesterday I shared a time-lapse video of a hibiscus blossom in the blooming process. Hibiscus blossoms do not last more than a day or so. Today I share a time-lapse video of the end of a hibiscus blossom.   

The End of a Hibiscus Blossom Video

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