Kip’s Comments 11-9-18

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 533009 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Gifts From God

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Gifts From God

Today I was the grateful recipient of many gifts from God by way of interactions with wildlife.     

The day began with a fresh dusting of autumn snow and sunshine. While enjoying those conditions I saw whitetail deer and trumpeter swans. The buck photo came after a doe ran across the road in front of me. Since the rut is on, I expected a buck would be following, so I was ready when he appeared for a second or two.   

Whitetail Deer:

Whitetail Deer - Buck Running After Doe - Image 532862 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer – Buck Running After Doe – Image 532862 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer - Doe - Image 532865 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer – Doe – Image 532865 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Whitetail Deer - Doe - Image 532878 (© Kip Ladage)

Whitetail Deer – Doe – Image 532878 (© Kip Ladage)

       

Trumpeter Swans: 

Trumpeter Swans - Image 532886 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans – Image 532886 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans - Image 532902 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans – Image 532902 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans - Image 532915 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans – Image 532915 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans - Image 532923 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans – Image 532923 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans - Image 532933 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans – Image 532933 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Trumpeter Swans - Image 532945 (© Kip Ladage)

Trumpeter Swans – Image 532945 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Today I also noticed a turkey vulture on the ground, in the snow. Since there is an old adage that turkey vultures don’t like snow, I approached the bird with the assumption something was not right with it. I quickly saw that its right wing was dragging, so the bird could not fly. I made my best effort to catch the vulture, but somehow it vanished. Even when I returned I could not locate the injured bird. The future does not look good for this turkey vulture.           

Turkey Vulture in Snow: 

Injured Turkey Vulture - Image 532860 (© Kip Ladage)

Injured Turkey Vulture – Image 532860 (© Kip Ladage)

         

Later in the day the sun was hidden by clouds pushed in by strong, cold winds that also dropped the temperature. For some unknown reason I caught sight of a couple of blue flashes in our backyard. In less than a minute I saw two eastern bluebirds with a cedar waxwing. Cold or not, I dedicated some time to photographing both species. Eventually I set-up my blind and brought out a heater, but the winds overpowered it. Since the birds spent most of their time eating berries in asparagus, many of my pictures have natural, out-of-focus vegetation framing around the subjects.     

Cedar Waxwing:   

Cedar Waxwing - Image 532948 (© Kip Ladage)

Cedar Waxwing – Image 532948 (© Kip Ladage)

           

Eastern Bluebirds: 

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 532961 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird with Berries – Image 532961 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 532968 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird with Berries – Image 532968 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 532978 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird with Berries – Image 532978 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 533009 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird with Berries – Image 533009 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 533017 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird with Berries – Image 533017 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 533050 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird with Berries – Image 533050 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 533053 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird with Berries – Image 533053 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Eastern Bluebird with Berries - Image 533075 (© Kip Ladage)

Eastern Bluebird with Berries – Image 533075 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Eastern Bluebird - Image 533089 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Eastern Bluebird – Image 533089 (© Kip Ladage)                                            

 

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