Kip’s Comments 4-22-17

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 433341 (© Kip Ladage)

 

A Very Special Earth Day

Kristy and I spent Earth Day 2017 at Big Woods Lake. I was on the water early with no real intentions, other than to hopefully shoot at least a few decent pictures. As I paddled away from the shoreline in my kayak an osprey flew overhead. I was hoping the bird would drop to the water to catch a fish, but that did not happen. The osprey appeared to be looking for a meal, but apparently did not see anything worth the effort of diving and crashing into Big Woods Lake.  

Osprey at Big Woods Lake:                

Osprey at Big Woods Lake - Image 432794 (© Kip Ladage)

Osprey at Big Woods Lake – Image 432794 (© Kip Ladage)

 

A little bit further into my paddling, in the area where yesterday I saw a few dozen double-crested cormorants, today there were just two of the black birds. One of them flew not too far away from me.    

Double-crested Cormorant:            

Double-crested Cormorant at Big Woods Lake - Image 432806 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant at Big Woods Lake – Image 432806 (© Kip Ladage)

 

I continued to paddle and was treated to a very special, first of a lifetime observation bird. Very near the bridge at Big Woods Lake I spotted a red-necked grebe. Not only was this the first time I have seen a red-necked grebe, but I was also able to record a number of pleasing images of the very uncommon species. Needless to say, Earth Day 2017 was very memorable!    

Red-necked Grebe:

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 432889 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 432889 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 432928 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 432928 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 432944 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 432944 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 432981 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 432981 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 432984 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 432984 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 432991 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 432991 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 433005 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 433005 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 433018 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 433018 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 433210 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 433210 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 433341 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 433341 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 433390 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 433390 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake - Image 433393 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-necked Grebe at Big Woods Lake – Image 433393 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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