Kip’s Comments 12-21-18

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park - Image 539489 (© Kip Ladage)

 

The Best Was Last

Following a day of work I was able to get out briefly to enjoy time in the outdoors. While my efforts did not amount to much as far as intensity was concerned, I did get my “outdoor fix” and was a better person for it.       

For the most part my observations and photography were concentrated on the ordinary species doing ordinary things. That is not all bad…seeing something is better than seeing nothing. Following are the “ordinary” images:

Black-capped Chickadee (one with conjunctivitis):

Black-capped Chickadee - Image 539294 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-capped Chickadee – Image 539294 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Black-capped Chickadee with Conjunctivitis - Image 539317 (© Kip Ladage)

Black-capped Chickadee with Conjunctivitis – Image 539317 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dark-eyed Junco: 

Dark-eyed Junco - Image 539335 (© Kip Ladage)

Dark-eyed Junco – Image 539335 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dark-eyed Junco - Image 539342 (© Kip Ladage)

Dark-eyed Junco – Image 539342 (© Kip Ladage) 

 

Mallard:

Mallard at George Wyth State Park - Image 539365 (© Kip Ladage)

Mallard at George Wyth State Park – Image 539365 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hybrid Goose With Canada Geese (nothing says “Action” like recording a domestic goose in flight!):

Hybrid Domestic Goose - Image 539285 (© Kip Ladage)

Hybrid Domestic Goose – Image 539285 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Hybrid Domestic Goose - Image 539288 (© Kip Ladage)

Hybrid Domestic Goose – Image 539288 (© Kip Ladage)

        

Wild Turkeys:

Wild Turkeys at George Wyth State Park - Image 539618 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys at George Wyth State Park – Image 539618 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys at George Wyth State Park - Image 539620 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys at George Wyth State Park – Image 539620 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkeys at George Wyth State Park - Image 539642 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkeys at George Wyth State Park – Image 539642 (© Kip Ladage)

 

As I was about to end my wildlife observation pursuits for the day, I noticed a red-shouldered hawk at almost eye level. Not only was its position good, but it remained in place as I moved around for a better composition. I shot plenty of photos of this impressive hawk, and then I noticed what I presume was its mate in a not-so-photogenic location. I photographed that bird too.

My hawk shooting efforts ended abruptly when a lady running her dog insisted on running under both hawks. Needless to say, the birds flew off and my much appreciated wildlife photo session ended unexpectedly. I am going to assume the woman did not realize or recognize the red-shouldered hawks as not common birds and I will assume her actions were unintentional.    

Red-shouldered Hawk:

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park - Image 539489 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park – Image 539489 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park - Image 539564 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park – Image 539564 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park - Image 539573 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park – Image 539573 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park - Image 539602 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park – Image 539602 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park - Image 539608 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park – Image 539608 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park - Image 539616 (© Kip Ladage)

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park – Image 539616 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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