Carolina Wren - Image 666773 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-16-21

  A “Life Bird” and Then There Were Two!  For weeks I have read reports of Carolina wrens showing up at feeders around the state. Normally, the southern part of Iowa is about the northern extent of the range of this species. To have them in many places across Iowa generates questions – is this …

White Birch Leaves and Snow - Image 666698 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-15-21

  Hesitant to Share  Based on what I have heard from other parts of the state, those of us here in Bremer County really lucked out when it came to the winter storm. For us, calling it a winter storm really would not be accurate. A few inches of snow, hardly any wind, and then …

Kip’s Comments 1-14-21

  Long Lens Landscapes As my work day ended our weather changed from rain to the beginning of our winter storm. Under those conditions I was able to find what I thought were a number of nice composition opportunities. With quickly changing weather and lighting conditions – getting wet and getting dark –  I had …

Barred Owl in Tree - Image 666391 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-13-21

  Lost Confidence, But Got a Picture After a full day of work I took a short drive this afternoon for a change of scenery. My hope was to see something photogenic – wildlife or scenery – and to document it using a “new to me” technique. To attempt the process would require a stationary …

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree (taking flight) - Image 666389 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-12-21

  Busy, But Pretty Once again during a drive home from Minnesota a couple of us were treated to several bald eagle sightings. Before we noticed any of the birds, we had discussed that we needed to see them on the west side of the road so the light would be pleasing. And, we wanted …

Drake Wood Duck in Winter - Image 666255 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-11-21

  Winter of 2020 Repeat Last winter a few of us watched a drake wood duck that stuck around in a small area of open water. He remained at Sweet Marsh through the worst of days and gave us something to watch until warmer temperatures brought more woodies (and other ducks) back to the marsh. …

Red-shouldered Hawk - Image 666239 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-10-21

  My Turn! Recently my cousin’s son developed an interest in photography. At this time it appears he enjoys wildlife/outdoor photography, but he has done well with still life images too. For just starting, he is producing very nice images. Last week he shared pictures of a red-shouldered hawk he was able to photograph at …

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 666083 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-8-21

  Are You Kidding Me?  Selective Nictitating Membranes Hmmm…. Nictitating membranes…. It is bad enough when birds show me their nictitating membranes that pretty much ruin images. But since when can they be selective on which nictitating membrane is visible?      I guess I never gave it much thought on whether they flashed the …

Adult Bald Eagle - Image 666046 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-7-21

  That Moment Today’s photo could have been improved in several ways. But, I am sharing it less for its technical quality and more for what it represents.    My family member that not too long ago had absolutely no interest in birds reached a critical point of advancement when today, when traveling, noticed several …