Red Fox in Snow - Image 605185 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-21-20

  Flashbacks Years ago, before I ever picked up a camera, I carried a rifle, shotgun, or bow in the field with me. I hunted as often as possible – not for trophies but for the meat or fur. Through those untold hours in the field I developed wildlife observation techniques, I learned the ways …

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 605080 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-20-20

  Not So Much What We Saw, But That We Saw For the past three years, going on four years, a close family member and I have been making semi-regular trips to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. As you might expect, if we are doctoring at Mayo we are probably not dealing with the …

Cross-country Skiers at George Wyth State Park - Image 604985 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-19-20

  What To Do in Single-Digit, Windy Conditions Ask anyone in Northeast Iowa what the outdoor world was like today and they will tell you it was cold and windy. If they were outside, they probably had the area almost to themselves. For most people, a day like today meant spending most of the time …

Blue Jay - Image 604897 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-18-20

  This is One and What They Do and Looking for Color So far this winter, at least for me, has been the ‘Winter of the Barred Owl.” Time and again I have been able to find them and photograph them. Over the years I have watched barred owls calling too many times to count. …

Barred Owl Before Snow Storm - Image 604780 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-17-20

  The Calls Before the Storm Nearly a week has passed since I last “talked” to the barred owl pair near the Wapsipinicon River. Knowing the weather will likely limit my transportation ability to visit the birds, I stopped out this morning to converse with them. In very little time the birds were moving toward …

Ring-necked Pheasants in Snow - Image 604477 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-16-20

  Hunting for Food or Hunted for Food About this time last year I had plenty of opportunities to photograph ring-necked pheasants as they scratched and struggled to find food to survive the challenging winter. Not too long after I photographed a bald eagle that had captured and killed a rooster ring-necked pheasant in the …

Pileated Woodpecker - Close - Image 604423 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-15-20

  A Few Seconds Preserved For In-depth Study I have no explanation, other than divine intervention, for the high number of random, unusual wildlife interactions I enjoy at very close range. Such incidents happen often and at all times of the day and night. Really, I cannot explain them.      For example…This morning as …

Fox Squirrel Rumps - Image 604405 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-14-20

  If Squirrels Could Talk (and a little more)   Mr. Squirrel on the Right – “What do you think…please?”  Ms. Squirrel on the Left – “No, I said NO!”  Mr. Squirrel on the Left – “Come on, PLEASE?” Ms. Squirrel on the Right – “Ask me one more time and I am going to …

Whitetail Deer (Doe) With Broken Leg - Image 604364 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-13-20

  Ouch…Is a Mercy Shot Needed (CAUTION – GRAPHIC) Early today I saw a lone whitetail doe standing in corn stubble a long distance from the road. My initial assessment was she was out feeding after surviving several weeks of shotgun and bow hunting seasons. Then she began running and I noticed something uncomfortable to …

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 604271 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-12-20

  An Owl Threesome Weekend Friday and Saturday I photographed barred owls, some images recorded with two of our grandkids with much excitement. Today when Kristy and I went for our “Week 2 of 52 Hike” I photographed a saw-whet owl in a cedar tree. Three days with owl images captured each day!     We …