Pileated Woodpecker at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 472823 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-16-17

  The Stories I Can Tell Sometime down the road, hopefully a long time away, I may be dependent on others. When I share my life experiences, at least what I remember, I may tell the story of today. Even I find parts of today’s events hard to believe.            This …

Injured Great Horned Owl - Image 471970 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-4-17

  A Crash Into a Power Line Last night I received notification from a caring local officer regarding an owl that was injured. My understanding is the owl hit a power line and was injured. The bird/power line collision resulted in a short-term localized power outage. The bird may have initially been thought to have …

Ring-billed Gull - Image 470995 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-24-17

  Looking Into the Sun (and more) Photography is nothing more than recording light or the absence/varying levels of light. The most common type of lighting is with the light behind you and featuring the subject. Sometimes though, a photographer has no choice but to look into the light. Such conditions can result in images …

Adult Bald Eagle - Image 465144 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-20-17

  Close or Distant? Early this morning, before I went to work, I checked out the bald eagle I first noticed yesterday. Since there was a dead animal nearby I was not surprised to find the adult bird still in the area. Unlike yesterday, today the bird was perched deep in tree branches. Shooting any …

Sandhill Cranes in Cut Corn - Image 462045 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-13-17

  If You Cut It They Will Come A few miles southwest of Tripoli (as the geese or cranes fly) is a field where the corn has been cut. With each day the number of avian visitors is increasing. I haven’t checked it every morning, but today when I looked it over I noticed two …

Solitary Sandpiper - Image 460276 (Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-5-17

  Soon They Will Be Gone Over the past couple of weeks I have posted many sandpiper and killdeer images. Rather than apologize for being repetitious, I think I will explain that very soon both species will be gone for several months and I will miss seeing them. Instead of passing up good opportunities just …

Lame Solitary Sandpiper - Image 457910 ( Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-2-17

  Hop Along Sandpiper, Normal Walking Sandpipers, and More Early this morning I was out paddling my kayak on the Wapsipinicon River. My intentions were two-fold – nature photography and fishing. The wildlife photography did not include any herons – great blue or green – as my Wapsie paddling often does. I saw a couple …

Horned Lark - Image 457202 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-22-17

  I Guess I Learned Something Today Imagine my surprise when I was driving down a highway and I noticed a small brown bird with yellow trim in the gravel along the shoulder of the road. As I approached, the bird did not fly away as expected, so I thought maybe it was injured. While …

Black Crappie - Image 457188 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-20-17

  Making the Most of a Gorgeous Day What a beautiful day we had today in Northeast Iowa. For those with outdoor plans, there were no excuses for not getting out and enjoying the day. I certainly took advantage of the conditions to spend time on the water (three times) and to get in an …

Great Blue Heron - Image 454645 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-12-17

  Back To Basics Due to circumstances beyond my control, a number of life situations trumped getting out and doing any serious nature photography over the past few weeks. That happens every now and then, so I just get back into the swing of things when it possible. Early this morning I had some time …