Kip’s Comments 5-2-16

Juvenile Common Loon at Sweet Marsh - Image 377301

 

Fauna, Flora…Maybe Something For Everyone 

What a great day to have off (sort of) from work! The weather was ideal and the many photo opportunities with wildlife and wildflowers kept me busy from dawn until well after dark. I will share images based on the order of my outings.        

Early today I took my pontoon boat to Sweet Marsh to look for items lost when the Iowa Public Television kayakers overturned last week. I picked up a hitch-hiker (my paddling purist buddy Darrin) and together we looked, to no avail, for missing things. While that was unfortunate, we did have several good wildlife interactions, including an uncommon visit by two juvenile common loons.    

Juvenile Common Loons at Sweet Marsh:                

Juvenile Common Loon at Sweet Marsh - Image 376802

Juvenile Common Loon at Sweet Marsh – Image 376802

 

Juvenile Common Loon at Sweet Marsh - Image 376819

Juvenile Common Loon at Sweet Marsh – Image 376819

 

In addition to the loons, I was able to photograph the American white pelicans before they began moving around for the day.    

American White Pelicans:                  

American White Pelicans at Sweet Marsh - Image 376558

American White Pelicans at Sweet Marsh – Image 376558

 

American White Pelicans at Sweet Marsh - Image 376577

American White Pelicans at Sweet Marsh – Image 376577

 

American White Pelicans at Sweet Marsh - Image 376601

American White Pelicans at Sweet Marsh – Image 376601

 

American White Pelican at Sweet Marsh - Image 376615

American White Pelican at Sweet Marsh – Image 376615

 

Gulls and terns could be spotted diving for fish and perched on logs. I photographed a couple of each today.    

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull:      

Juvenile Ring-billed Gulls at Sweet Marsh - Image 376850

Juvenile Ring-billed Gulls at Sweet Marsh – Image 376850

 

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull at Sweet Marsh - Image 376873

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull at Sweet Marsh – Image 376873

 

Forster’s Tern:    

Forster's Tern at Sweet Marsh - Image 376674

Forster’s Tern at Sweet Marsh – Image 376674

 

No trip to Sweet Marsh would be complete without seeing at least one bald eagle. Today an adult and a juvenile were perched in their normal “look out” tree.  

Adult and Juvenile Bald Eagle:    

Adult and Juvenile Bald Eagle - Image 376521

Adult and Juvenile Bald Eagle – Image 376521

 

Even though I was on the pontoon boat, I was still able to approach close to this blue-winged teal.  

Blue-winged Teal:                    

Blue-winged Teal at Sweet Marsh - Image 376622

Blue-winged Teal at Sweet Marsh – Image 376622

 

The early morning outing ended with a photo session featuring a Canada goose family.    

Canada Geese With Goslings:                      

Canada Geese with Goslings at Sweet Marsh - Image 376670

Canada Geese with Goslings at Sweet Marsh – Image 376670

 

My afternoon was spent at the Ingawanis Woodlands on a double project. 

Goal #1 was to locate nodding trilliums in bloom. I hit the jackpot on this one.  

Nodding Trilliums at Ingawanis Woodlands:              

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377038

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377038

 

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377055

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377055

 

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377083

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377083

 

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377093

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377093

 

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377167

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377167

 

The second goal was to locate the showy orchis plants I found last year. I didn’t find all five plants yet, but did find a couple. None are blooming yet, but they are getting close.  

Showy Orchis at Ingawanis Woodlands:                      

Showy Orchis at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377218

Showy Orchis at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377218

 

In addition to the goals just described, I photographed many other wildflowers, a fungus, and a butterfly.      

Greek Valerian (Jacob’s Ladder):              

Greek Valerian (Jacob's Ladder) - Image 376963

Greek Valerian (Jacob’s Ladder) – Image 376963

 

Dutchman’s Breeches (just about done blooming):          

Dutchman's Breeches at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 376896

Dutchman’s Breeches at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 376896

 

False Rue Anemone:

False Rue Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 376916

False Rue Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 376916

   

Sessile Bellwort:                          

Sessile Bellwort at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377192

Sessile Bellwort at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377192

 

Spring Beauty:                        

Spring Beauty at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377223

Spring Beauty at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377223

 

Wild Ginger:              

Wild Ginger at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377265

Wild Ginger at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377265

 

Garlic Mustard (a bad plant to have growing anywhere!):                

Garlic Mustard at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 376931

Garlic Mustard at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 376931

 

Fungus at Ingawanis Woodlands:          

Fungus at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377272

Fungus at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377272

 

Red Admiral Butterfly:                        

Red Admiral Butterfly at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 377279

Red Admiral Butterfly at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 377279

 

This evening Kristy and I paddled at Sweet Marsh so she could see the loons. It did not take long to find them on Marten’s Lake.  

Juvenile Common Loon:    

Juvenile Common Loon at Sweet Marsh - Image 377301

Juvenile Common Loon at Sweet Marsh – Image 377301

 

The gulls and terns were active again tonight.    

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull:                  

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull at Sweet Marsh - Image 377375

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull at Sweet Marsh – Image 377375

 

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull at Sweet Marsh - Image 377538

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull at Sweet Marsh – Image 377538

 

Our paddling ended as it began…with a muskrat swimming near us.

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh:

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh - Image 377573

Muskrat at Sweet Marsh – Image 377573

     

As you can see, today was a great day to be in the outdoors!

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