Great Blue Heron - Image 662853 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-2-20

  Still Here and Monolith Mystery  Even with most of our still water converted to hard water (aka ice), the lone great blue heron I have been watching is still around. Apparently the bird moves to other areas to feed and then returns to its favorite log. Maybe this heron will stay all winter like …

Oak Tree in Field - Image 661877 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-24-20

  Three of Many Shades of Gray Even though the sun was not able to burn through the clouds today, the normal activities of our world – manmade and natural – continued as necessary. As a photographer/wildlife observer, I looked around a bit to watch what was happening. (Actually, I had hoped to paddle in …

Great Blue Heron in Drizzle - Image 661331 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-14-20

  Dodging Drizzle and Wind – Failure Our “resident” great blue heron nearly escaped me this morning when I went out to check on it. For several days it has been standing on the same downed tree quite a distance from the road. Today that tree was void of anything living and I assumed the …

Great Blue Heron at George Wyth Lake - Image 659395 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-16-20

  No Pelican to be Found A couple of days ago I was asked if I knew about a white pelican that was not flying at George Wyth State Park. I had not heard of it, but was willing to check things out. Today Casey and I paddled to the last known location of the …

Cardinal Flower and Asters - Image 653690 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-20-20

  A Bird Friendly Community Because of Habitat The City of Tripoli is considering a project to earn “Bird Friendly Community” designation. The requirements are not terribly difficult, yet they are challenging enough that every city cannot simply fill in paperwork and earn the recognition. There is work to be done if a community wishes …

Great Blue Heron on Wapsipinicon River - Image 648384 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-24-20

  Reflections During a break today I stopped at a local quiet location along the backwaters of the Wapsipinicon River. I tend to be a “thinker” and do some of my best thinking in the outdoors, alone with nature, and away from the hustle and bustle that some thrive on. As I paused near the …

Great Blue Heron in Winter - Image 610070 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-22-20

  A Great Blue Heron Feeding at Macro Scale Recently a fellow wildlife photographer documented through a series of images the local wintering great blue heron feeding on a northern pike that was likely two or more feet long. Karl shot some very good photos showing what appeared to be something impossible – that a …

Great Blue Heron in Downed Tree - Image 580661 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-1-19

  My Two Challenges, One Heron Challenge Today I performed a couple of photo equipment challenges that led to seeing a heron challenge.    Challenge #1 – I photographed phlox blossoms at close range using extension tubes and a long lens at close range. I don’t know how often I will put this combination of …

Great Blue Heron After Eating - Image 579489 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-17-19

  One Shooting Session, One Picture to Share During a very brief break today I was able to shoot a picture of a great blue heron that had just eaten something rather large. I was shooting in rain and between trees. The bird appeared to be satisfied with its meal.    Great Blue Heron After …

Great Blue Heron in Fog and Brush - Image 550816 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-20-19

  Seen Today – Most in Hiding With so much water where it should not be (due to flooding), incoming migrating waterfowl have plenty of resting, feeding, and hiding places that make wildlife photography challenging. It seems getting close happens only by chance. Wildlife that is seen tends to be quite far away.  Most pictures …