Kip’s Comments 3-19-20

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit in Rain - Image 615298 (© Kip Ladage)

 

First Day Of Spring and I Nearly Missed It

Wow, with the busyness and business of a COVID -19 response, the arrival of Spring nearly occurred without me recognizing it. I’ve certainly enjoyed more spring-like days, but at least it hasn’t snowed…not yet.       

My available time for photography was early this morning shortly after the sun rose above the horizon, albeit behind clouds. Pleasing scenic images did not exist. A few wildlife observations were made and all were of common species. Had it not been for seeing a barred owl, the only images I would be sharing for the day would have been really common species.     

I will begin with the barred owl photos. Notice the raindrops splashing off the head of the owl. I suppose I could say I shot an owl action photo today.   

Barred Owl in Rain:   

Barred Owl in Rain - Image 615331 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl in Rain – Image 615331 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Barred Owl in Rain - Image 615345 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl in Rain – Image 615345 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Barred Owl in Rain - Image 615345s (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl in Rain – Image 615345s (© Kip Ladage)

 

Barred Owl in Rain - Image 615380 (© Kip Ladage)

Barred Owl in Rain – Image 615380 (© Kip Ladage)

 

This male red-winged blackbird was one of hundreds doing his best to be attractive to a female red-winged blackbird that I have not yet seen. The lady blackbirds tend to arrive days to a couple of weeks after the guys are here. Maybe next week I will see large numbers of female red-winged blackbirds.  

Male Red-winged Blackbird: 

Male Red-winged Blackbird in Rain - Image 615318 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Red-winged Blackbird in Rain – Image 615318 (© Kip Ladage)

 

An eastern cottontail rabbit was cleaning up under our bird feeders this morning. That I shot this photo documents nothing is immune from a “Nikon Moment” at our house! 

This rabbit is lucky it and I crossed paths now and not years ago when I hunted them with a beagle and a rifle. I have many memories of my hound “Babe” crying a hound cry as she chased bunnies. We had so much fun together.   

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit:

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit in Rain - Image 615298 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit in Rain – Image 615298 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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