Kip’s Comments 3-22-20

River Otter at Sweet 616324 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Early Spring Wildlife at Sweet Marsh

Ever wonder if the good Lord supports worthwhile efforts? I learned again today that if I follow where I am led, I will be provided for.

Case in point – I had an urge today to hike an area I visit only a few times a year. As I was hiking, nearly every avian species I might have pointed my Nikon at took flight well before I could photograph it. The writing appeared to be on the wall…I was going for a long hike that was going to produce more exercise benefits than photography products.     

Shortly after I rounded the last curve of the trail that led to an open area, the rewards of “following when I doubted” appeared. A huge (probably the largest I have ever seen) river otter casually climbed out of the water and paused directly in front of me just feet away. We locked eyes on each other, I shot a few frames with my camera, and the otter returned to the water where I was able to shoot a few more photos. 

River Otter at Sweet 616324 (© Kip Ladage)

River Otter at Sweet Marsh 616324 (© Kip Ladage)

 

River Otter at Sweet 616341 (© Kip Ladage)

River Otter at Sweet Marsh 616341 (© Kip Ladage)

    

After the river otter moved on, I simply remained in one spot and waited. Every so often something would fly by – sometimes close and sometimes farther away. Plenty of times I was able to shoot a picture, but not always.

What was really interesting was that the steady flow of feathered traffic ended (or slowed way down) after the grand finale appeared – trumpeter swans. I heard them before I saw them, but eventually they flew directly at me as if I was supposed to enjoy them at close range. The swans were like the prettiest display in a fireworks show.

And to think I thought I wasn’t going to see anything today. Boy, was I wrong!     

To view a sampling of the images in larger format and set to music, click on this link:   

Spring Birds and a Mammal at Sweet Marsh    

Smaller views of the wildlife follow:

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet Marsh - Image 615896 (© Kip Ladage)

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet Marsh – Image 615896 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet Marsh - Image 615897 (© Kip Ladage)

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet Marsh – Image 615897 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet Marsh - Image 615913 (© Kip Ladage)

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet Marsh – Image 615913 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Cedar Waxwings at Sweet 615971 (© Kip Ladage)

Cedar Waxwings at Sweet 615971 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet 616009 (© Kip Ladage)

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet 616009 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet 616031 (© Kip Ladage)

Cedar Waxwing at Sweet 616031 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Common Merganser at Sweet 616056 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Merganser at Sweet 616056 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Common Merganser at Sweet 616090 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Merganser at Sweet 616090 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Gadwall and Canada Goose at Sweet 616121 (© Kip Ladage)

Gadwall and Canada Goose at Sweet 616121 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Greater White-fronted Geese at Sweet 616136 (© Kip Ladage)

Greater White-fronted Geese at Sweet 616136 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Drake Hooded Merganser at Sweet 616141 (© Kip Ladage)

Drake Hooded Merganser at Sweet 616141 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Juvenile Bald Eagle at Sweet 616160 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Bald Eagle at Sweet 616160 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Juvenile Bald Eagle at Sweet 616173 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Bald Eagle at Sweet 616173 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Great Blue Heron at Sweet 616126 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron at Sweet 616126 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sandhill Cranes in Flight at Sweet 616240 (© Kip Ladage)

Sandhill Cranes in Flight at Sweet 616240 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sandhill Crane in Flight at Sweet 616228 (© Kip Ladage)

Sandhill Crane in Flight at Sweet 616228 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sandhill Crane in Flight at Sweet 616215 (© Kip Ladage)

Sandhill Crane in Flight at Sweet 616215 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans in Flight at Sweet 616314 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans in Flight at Sweet 616314 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans in Flight at Sweet 616319 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans in Flight at Sweet 616319 (© Kip Ladage)

   

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