Kip’s Comments 1-30-18

Wild Turkey - Image 483990 (© Kip Ladage)

 

It Happened Again…I Tried to Go Fishing

After work today I attempted to go ice fishing. You might assume this would be an easy plan to complete, but it wasn’t. Just like last Friday, before I made it to the ice I saw critters. While I was not able to see or photograph river otters today, I was plenty busy with other species.

At one spot alone I was able to photograph three opossums. The little-appreciated marsupials were attracted to the area by food on the ground, presumably placed by well-meaning individuals. I certainly hope the animals don’t get hit by cars or become habituated to unnatural food. That situation will quickly end the goodwill effort.

I don’t know that leaving food for the ‘possums is a good thing, but if it has to be done, the food should be placed further into the timber to protect the hungry, frost-bit critters.   

Opossum:         

Opossum - Image 483884 (© Kip Ladage)

Opossum – Image 483884 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Opossum - Image 483895 (© Kip Ladage)

Opossum – Image 483895 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Opossum - Image 483912 (© Kip Ladage)

Opossum – Image 483912 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Opossum - Image 483915 (© Kip Ladage)

Opossum – Image 483915 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Opossum - Image 483929 (© Kip Ladage)

Opossum – Image 483929 (© Kip Ladage)

 

In the small bird category I saw and photographed a male and female northern cardinal and an American tree sparrow. There was a white-throated sparrow present too, but I was not able to photograph it.   

Female Northern Cardinal:                         

Female Northern Cardinal in Tree - Image 483842 (© Kip Ladage)

Female Northern Cardinal in Tree – Image 483842 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Northern Cardinal:   

Male Northern Cardinal in Tree - Image 483863 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Northern Cardinal in Tree – Image 483863 (© Kip Ladage)

         

American Tree Sparrow: 

American Tree Sparrow - Image 483828 (© Kip Ladage)

American Tree Sparrow – Image 483828 (© Kip Ladage)

     

In the large bird category I photographed a juvenile bald eagle silhouetted against the cloudy/white sky.

Juvenile Bald Eagle in Flight: 

Juvenile Bald Eagle in Flight - Image 483830 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Bald Eagle in Flight – Image 483830 (© Kip Ladage)

 

The best opportunity for the day was shooting pictures of eleven wild turkeys that also were attracted to the food/bird seed. What unusual faces! 

Wild Turkeys:

Wild Turkeys - Image 483931 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys – Image 483931 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys - Image 483941 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys – Image 483941 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 483963 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 483963 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 483990 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 483990 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484010 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484010 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484014 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484014 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484017 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484017 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484028 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484028 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484038 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484038 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484051 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484051 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484059 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484059 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484070 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484070 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484071 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484071 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey - Image 484076 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey – Image 484076 (© Kip Ladage)

 

By the way…when I was done shooting pictures, it was time to go home. I never unloaded my ice hut or gear!

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