Pileated Woodpecker - Image 618569 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-4-20

  Fungi, Macro Scenes, Birds, and a Little Heat Wow, what a day of doing things (alone and away from all others).      My day began with a long hike to check on the heron rookery I found yesterday. Actually, I wanted to see if I could find the nests again today after stumbling …

Male Red-breasted Merganser - Image 618225 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-2-20

  It Has Been A Couple of Years According to my photography database, I see red-breasted mergansers maybe every couple of years, and sometimes even less often. Today was my first sighting of the bird species for 2020. When I saw them, the two mergansers were not real close, but they were near enough to …

Ring-billed Gulls in Flight - Image 533132 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-10-18

  A Different Kind of Practice (compared to yesterday’s post) Yesterday I shared images of eastern bluebirds photographed deep in asparagus plants (with berries). Since the birds had vegetation in front of them, around them, and behind them, my auto-focus system struggled with what should be in sharp focus. Ultimately I had many minutes of …

Common Loon at Big Woods Lake - Image 432378 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-21-17

  Surprises at Big Woods Lake Early this morning I was paddling my kayak on Big Woods Lake near Cedar Falls. My hopes were that I might see (and hopefully photograph) a “not regularly seen in Iowa” species or two. My chances of success were minimal, but a person never really knows what they are …

Ruddy Ducks - Image 431042 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-14-17

  Bald Eagle Update and A Sweet Marsh Variety From Before the Rain I am saddened to announce the death this morning of Inga, the bald eagle rescued on the shores of the Cedar River on April 2, 2017. The best care was given, but since lead is toxic to birds and other species, the eagle …

Great Egrets - Image 397675

Kip’s Comments 9-12-16

  Mutual Respect…It’s A Good Thing As I studied great egrets resting and feeding in flood waters of the Wapsipinicon River, I noticed a solitary great blue heron standing nearby. The differing species were close, but not too close. I couldn’t help but wonder how the species – both being similar, yet very different – …

Great Egret at Sweet Marsh - Image 369467

Kip’s Comments 4-12-16

  A “Marsh Migration” Preview In just a few hours I will assist CrawDaddy Outdoors with a kayak tour of Sweet Marsh – an event we call “Marsh Migrations.” Our goal is two-fold. We want to introduce folks to kayak paddling and we hope to share our love of the outdoors with others during a …

American White Pelicans at Sweet Marsh - Image 365358

Kip’s Comments 3-26-16

  Therapeutic Paddling With American White Pelicans As often as possible, daily if I can, I spend time paddling my kayak. Not only do I find it very relaxing, but the motion is ideal physical therapy for my shoulder. In fact, I use paddling in place of a couple of visits to my physical therapist …

American White Pelicans at Sweet Marsh - Image 364765

Kip’s Comments 3-22-16

  Perfect Release! Eight days ago I found a greater white-fronted goose caught in braided fishing line. I have no idea how long it had been secured to the cattails. What I do know is the bird was not able to fly after I removed the line from a leg, wing, and bill. Since then …

Sandhill Cranes - Image 247610

Kip’s Comments 4-11-14

  Precious Light! One of the keys to successful photography – wildlife, scenic, portrait, etc. – is the management of light. Light can be harsh, as in noon-time light.  Light can be warm, as in early morning or late evening light.  Light can be anywhere in between, such as when a sky is partly cloudy, …