Second-year Male American Redstart - Image 524015 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-18-18

  How Long Will It Rain Over the years I have noticed that when it is raining, birds and other wildlife will be active if the rain will last for a while. Short showers usually mean the wildlife won’t be seen. Longer periods of rain, like we had this morning, usually mean the birds and …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Image 523584 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-11-18

  No Fear Hummingbird We have at least a couple of ruby-throated hummingbirds in our backyard this year. Each of them appreciates the sugar/water mix I hang in feeders. But, there is one hummer that thinks he owns the neighborhood. If any other hummingbirds approach the feeders, the aggressive one chases them out of the …

Juvenile Bald Eagle in Dead Tree - Image 522466 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-7-18

  Working a Scene, Working on an Image Every now and then nature photographers have an opportunity to shoot as many pictures as needed to capture the essence of a scene. Such was the case today when I drove past a tree hosting four juvenile bald eagles. Normally the birds would have taken flight as …

Young Wild Turkeys on Downed Tree - Image 522290 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-5-18

  I See You! As I traveled down a road today I noticed a group of young wild turkeys sitting on a downed tree a few feet inside a brushy area. From what I could tell, the birds initially thought I didn’t see them. However, as I moved to shoot pictures the birds caught on …

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Rain - Image 520738 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-28-18

  Storms For Some, Rain For Us As I type this entry Mother Nature is lashing out at locations across the state. Technology allows us to watch in real time as wall clouds, shelf clouds, torrential rains, and high winds batter affected areas. For those of us not being impacted by severe weather, we have …

American Goldfinch - Image 515939 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-3-18

  An Easy Decision To Make My work schedule today allowed me to have part of the morning and afternoon off. As a person who is seldom idle, I quickly fill my available hours. Today I had at least two options to fill my time. Option 1 was to go paddling on the Wapsipinicon River …

Cooper's Hawk in Pasture - Image 513752 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-24-18

  You Want To Be A Predator in This Pasture A single pasture surrounded by crops on two sides, a farm on the third side, and bordered by a road on the fourth edge was an avian predator species’ buffet. For a brief few seconds, before the ring-necked pheasants went into hiding, there were four …

Red-tailed Hawk on Pole - Image 512488 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-18-18

  Fascinated With Flight If you have been following my posts, you may have noticed that flight fascinates me. Whether the flight includes birds, balloons, planes, or drones, I enjoy flight. I am actually considering purchasing a powered-parachute if I can figure out how to control it while also taking pictures.    Since I was …

Hen Mallard on Nest - Image 506982 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-24-18

  Still Incubating Some time ago – as measured in weeks – I shared a picture of a mallard nest filled with eggs. When I checked on the nest today, Momma Mallard was still sitting on the eggs. I cannot imagine what it must be like to sit and sit and sit on eggs for …

House Wren at Nest Box - Image 506635 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-21-18

  Occupancy…Maybe! Yesterday i hung an eastern bluebird house in my bird feeder area. A black-capped chickadee and a house wren inspected the structure for possible residency. Today when I watched my feeder area I saw this wren go in and out several times. So far I have not seen it carry any sticks into …