Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal - Image 651588 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-11-20

  Moist Turkeys, Wood Ducks, and a Blue-winged Teal After nearly a week of steady rain, I can only imagine our wildlife is getting hungry. Maybe not though, perhaps the rain has not slowed their regular activities. Wildlife tends be much more tenacious than we mortal humans. I suppose my concern is based, in part, …

Male Wood Ducks in Timber - Image 5547248 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-2-19

  Pretty and Short-lived, Pretty and Here For a While Many of us woke this morning to a surprise coating of snow on the landscape. There was mostly good news associated with this snowfall. First – It was pretty while it lasted. Second – The snow did not last long.  These were a couple of …

American Robin with Mud - Image 381534

Kip’s Comments 5-26-16

  Vacation Day…Not Really  Today was supposed to be a vacation day for me. It was a good thing I had no plans because my vacation day soon became a work day after a thunderstorm packed with lightning passed through the area during the very early morning hours of the day. We had a house …

Wood Duck on Wapsipinicon River - Image 367328

Kip’s Comments 3-30-16

  Kip and His Pimples (A Story About A Man and His Boat) Long ago, like last fall, a good friend named Jason gifted his buddy Kip with a boat. This was no ordinary boat. Oh no, this was a 12-foot flat bottom boat of vintage years. The boat had lived a lonely life, catching …

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant Running in Field - Image 364877

Kip’s Comments 3-23-16

  Active Weather, Active Wildlife What a difference a day makes! Yesterday was warm and pleasant and today was a complete turn-around – cold, wet, and windy conditions. We even have a threat of severe weather across the state while the north part of the state has snow and ice. We must be in Iowa! …

Male Blue-winged Teal at Close Range - Image 307328

Kip’s Comments 4-2-15

  No Recoil Duck Hunting  When I went out for my “Nature Fix” today, I had a clearly defined plan. Twenty yards into my effort the plan changed dramatically. The reason for the change…I found a couple of small ponds covered with ducks that didn’t fly away as I approached. Don’t ask me why every …

Wood Duck - Image 305507

Kip’s Comments 3-27-15

  Photos From the Water  Fortunately water in area ponds, marshes, and rivers is not dropping in temperature as quickly as the air has. If they did, I would not have been able to paddle early this morning and then after work. I was almost expecting ice this morning, but the water on the Cedar …

Bald Eagle - Image 269225

Kip’s Comments 7-13-14

Am I in the Minnesota Northwoods?  No, I am in Iowa! Most years I try to get away to the Northwoods of Minnesota, or some place with a similar appearance, to take in the views and to photograph the wildlife. During the past couple of years I have had exceptional experiences with bald eagles near …

Pintail Ducks - Image 241505

Kip’s Comments 3-21-14

The Flight Skies Were Full…Something For Everybody As we enjoy warmer temperatures, we have other spring rituals we can also appreciate. My favorite spring activity is to watch the progress of the spring migration. Last week we had a few species returning. Today, just a few days later, the sky was filled with birds. Species …