Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 486478 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-16-18

  The Many Faces of a Saw-whet Owl Since it has been a few days since I photographed a saw-whet owl and a nearby state park, and knowing temperatures are forecast to warm up – meaning the owl might have many visitors over the weekend, I thought I would look for and photograph the pretty …

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 485733 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-13-18

  There Will Be More! Today was one of those days when I packed so much in that there was not time to get everything done. I attended training this morning, worked today, shot photos this afternoon, and attend several hours of hazmat training tonight. Now I am getting tired and will have to prep …

Rough-legged Hawk on Power Pole - Image 485474 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-12-18

  Eye Criteria Except for very specific cases, I delete any and all photos where the eyes of my subjects are not sharply focused. If the eyes are not sharp, the image will not work. The image just will not look acceptable so the file gets deleted. An exception may be a unique motion or …

Wild Bison at Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge - Image 484981 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-9 and 2-10-18

  Weekend Short Field Trip This weekend was spent looking for a few specific wildlife species – a short-eared owl. According to my database, I photographed a short-eared owl back in 2008. I will be honest, I do not remember that incident. After a 10-year absence, it is time for me to find and photograph …

Lapland Longspur - Image 484754 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-8-18

  A Surprise, But Not Really a Surprise I have been tracking my wildlife photography efforts in a database for almost twenty-eight years. Included in those records are acceptable photos only, not the “duds” that I also shoot (and delete). By keeping track of what I have been photographing, including details such as when, where, …

Red-tailed Hawk in Pine Tree - Image 484621 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-7-18

  The Wildlife Just Kept Appearing Before work this morning a red-tailed hawk nestled into a pine tree caught my eye. The beautiful bird was resting peacefully in the conifer as the rising sun warmed both the hawk and the environment. I was surprised that the pretty hawk remained comfortable with me shooting pictures at …

Pileated Woodpecker - Image 484575 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-6-18

  Some People Can Fish…Apparently I Cannot Some people can run – long distances and fast…I quit running when I outgrew my paper route and the dogs that would chase me every day. Other folks can sing, sometimes in front of others and sometimes not…I am a hummer, and not always on key. It seems …

Red-bellied Woodpecker at Suet Feeder - Image 484260 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-4-18

  Learning About Woodpeckers and Other Species Today’s post is intended to educate birders about why red-bellied woodpeckers are called red-bellied woodpeckers, even though a person often does not see a red belly on a red-bellied woodpecker.     Unless the posture of a red-bellied woodpecker allows a clear view of the lower parts of the woodpecker, …

Canada Geese on Ice - Image 484251 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-3-18

  Glad I Shot This Photo As I begin at least my eighth year of shooting a minimum of one picture a day, I am proud to say I have not missed a day yet. Through travels, family emergencies, good times and sad times, I have not missed a day. Had I not stopped to …

Male Northern Cardinal - Image 484164 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-2-18

  Things I Saw After The Work Week Ended At today’s conclusion of a very busy and productive work week I decided to shoot photos and go ice fishing. Technically, both endeavors were successful since I had a product to show for my efforts. But, neither activity resulted in anything out of the ordinary.       I …