Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree in Rain - Image 487320 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-19-18

  It May Be Wet, But They Still Have to Eat and Maintenance Time (See Important Notice Below!) Rainy and icy or not, wildlife has to eat. Since today was a holiday for me, I was anxious to get out, but not until after I had a few projects completed around home. When I was …

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 486960 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-18-18

  Biking, Birds, and A Little More Good grief… what wind! Anytime the wind speed and the temperature are equal means we are in for a challenging day. Today’s 45-mph winds took the thrill out of 45-degree temperatures. Unless a person was in a protected area, the outdoors was not a fun place to be.  …

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 486793 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-17-18

  Changing Weather and Active Wildlife What an interesting day, weather-wise. We had snowfall in the morning, clouds in the afternoon, and even a pretty blue sky in the late afternoon. I went out a couple of times during the day to look around.  When the snow was falling at its heaviest, I found several …

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 …

Camo Blind in Living Room - Image 486280 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-15-18

  A Good Deal?  I Think So… Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was forced to visit a local big box store late this afternoon. As I roamed the store in search of items I would not necessarily purchase, I found myself perusing the clearance items in the sporting goods section. Nothing jumped out …

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant Hiding in Corn Stubble - Image 486265 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-14-18

  Yesterday (Part 2) and Today In yesterday’s post I explained how I went searching for a saw-whet owl and found one. I’d like to explain in further detail saw-whet owls.Saw-whet owls are found only in portions of Iowa during the winter months – from about November through March. Soon any saw-whets that are here …

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 …

Bison at Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge - Image 485385 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-11-18

  Still No Short-eared Owl As I was returning this afternoon from a weekend in Central Iowa, I made another pass through the Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge in search of a short-eared owl. This effort requires little energy other than to drive through the refuge, including the auto tour route. Like last Friday afternoon, …

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 …