Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 652998 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-14-20

  What I Wanted, What I Now Have Time for any nature photography was in very short supply today due to family and work commitments. In total I had maybe fifteen minutes to point my Nikon at something wild.      Knowing I just changed out the hummingbird feeder sugar water meant I could count …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 524788 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-25-18

  Turf Battle Any day now I will not be surprised if I no longer have ruby-throated hummingbirds buzzing around our feeders. The changing seasons will push them southward and I will put my feeders away for many months. For now though, I have at least two of the little birds enjoying my mix of …

House Wren at Nest - Image 333215

Kip’s Comments 8-5-15

  Thanks Again Green-thumb Ruby!  UPDATED!! Once again our great neighbor Green-thumb Ruby has made our neighborhood a better place. Each year Ruby painstakingly grows an untold amount of flowers and vegetables. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve wandered along her flowers to take in the colors, fragrances, and various insects and …

Male Baltimore Oriole in Maple Tree - Image 320842

Kip’s Comments 5-18-15

  Adapting to An Opportunity Presented I noticed this afternoon that we have finally hosted our first hummingbirds of 2015. It seemed as if we would not be seeing them until fall, but that was not the case. Not only did we have our “First of the Year” hummingbirds, but our first of the year …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 270789

Kip’s Comments 7-31-14

Target Shooting Of all of the birds I attempt to photograph, I think hummingbirds might present the toughest challenge. Even though I am able to shoot at a distance of just inches, their endless darting and lightning-fast reactions make them very difficult to capture electronically. I worked with them a bit this morning and recorded …

Probable Cooper's Hawk Nestling - Image 267179

Kip’s Comments 6-28-14

Starting Her Early Emerson stayed with Kristy and me over the past few days. We do our best to spoil her, but at the same time we try to keep life somewhat normal and include her in our activities. This morning I received a call about a hawk nestling that appears to have been abandoned …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 264943

Kip’s Comments 6-16-14

  Storms Are Brewing… We are only a short time from getting hammered by typical summer thunderstorms of the steroid-enhanced version. The storms headed our way have already spawned tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds. Hopefully they will lose energy before they arrive here. Due to the impending storms I am staying home tonight. My …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 263644

Kip’s Comments 6-10-14

  Lesson Learned…Lessons to Be Learned My hummingbird experiences for this year have been like none other. Instead of waiting to put my feeders out until I saw the big push of hummingbirds in late summer, this year I had feeders out before the little birds even arrived in NE Iowa. The table was set, …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 261316

Kip’s Comments 6-3-14

  On The Tiny Side The size of today’s wildlife subject coincided with the amount of time I had for photography – very little. I guess something is better than nothing. This year I had my hummingbird feeders out very early and now it appears I will have the aggressive little birds here throughout the …