Kip’s Comments 4-11-21

Blue-winged Teal on the Wapsipinicon River - Image 681847 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dominance at Near Eye-level

This morning during low-light levels and again tonight when it was nearly dark I paddled around the island on the Wapsipinicon River near Frederika. During both outings I saw many blue-winged teals and heard several wood ducks and Canada geese. Turkey vultures and bald eagles were flying over too.   

Thinking from eye-level of a duck, I wonder if my canoe puts me higher and more visible than when I am paddling my kayaks. I can only imagine that I am sitting higher. Either way, whether I am low in my kayak or higher in my canoe, I try to put my lens low and nearly at eye-level when I am shooting. Pictures just seem to look better when I am shooting at an equal plane rather than looking down.     

As I paddled quietly this morning, actually drifting more than paddling, I was able to slip close to a half-dozen or more blue-winged teals. I watched as a larger drake exerted his dominance over a smaller drake, all as a hen watch the squabbling. 

Blue-winged Teal on the Wapsipinicon River - Image 681847 (© Kip Ladage)

Blue-winged Teal on the Wapsipinicon River – Image 681847 (© Kip Ladage)

 

By the way, tonight I saw five beavers in a short stretch of river (no pictures). That might explain the many new trees that have been chewed on or dropped.

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