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 in Maple Tree in Snow - Image 527998 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-14-18

  At Least One Remains As the number of really warm days for 2018 is dwindling lower and closer to zero, I continue to monitor our hummingbird feeders for activity. Any day now I expect to see no activity at the feeder. When that happens, I will leave the feeders up a few more days …

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 …

Male Wilson's Warbler - Image 506608 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-20-18

  Fleeting Glimpses and Sometimes a Picture or Two A portion of today was spent tweaking my backyard bird feeding area by adding another squirrel baffle and I hung a bluebird box. Before anyone suggests I am not likely to attract eastern bluebirds to our yard, I realize that. Other birds may use the box …

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Feeder - Image 335293

Kip’s Comments 8-19-15

  Oh Lady Hummer, I Have All Day As I recover at home from my accident, I am finding boredom quickly sets in. Instead of sleeping the entire day away today, I spent some time looking out the window, watching my hummingbird feeder through a camera lens. A female ruby-throated hummingbird made frequent stops to …

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 326429

Kip’s Comments 6-15-15

  Gender Differences After some time of waiting and watching, I finally captured a few images of a male ruby-throated hummingbird. The photos aren’t my best, but they do illustrate differences between the males and females of the species. I am first going to share images of the female ruby-throated hummingbird. Notice her white throat …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Feeder - Image 325751

Kip’s Comments 6-11-15

  Hummingbird Don’t Fly Away Years ago, back in the early 70’s, Seals and Crofts made a bundle of money on a song called “Hummingbird.” The rest of the song went “…Hummingbird don’t fly away, fly away…” That song was going through my head this afternoon as I watched a male ruby-throated hummingbird fly in …

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 283123

Kip’s Comments 9-21-14

More Meaningful Than Pictures Can Ever Show Kristy and I had the honor of hosting “home away from home” this past week and weekend for Hannah and Emerson (just the weekend). We were all up early this morning and Emerson and I had some very special “Poppa/Emerson” bonding time. The sugar water in my hummingbird …

Hosta Blossom - Close - Image 280416

Kip’s Comments 9-11-14

  Sometimes It’s The Little Things After an important photography presentation in Chariton the other night, and training last night, and working on a complicated technical radio issue today, I didn’t have much desire to get out tonight. Instead, I pointed my Nikon at a couple of photo subjects in our yard. The first targets …