Rough-legged Hawk in Flight - Image 479372 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-24-17

  Pulling Over for Icing on the Cake Christmas Eve is a very special day and evening for our family. For as long as I can remember, my family – childhood and adult family – have celebrated the meaning of Christmas on Christmas Eve. We attend a Christmas Eve service and then return home where …

Adult Cooper's Hawk - Image 412755

Kip’s Comments 1-28-17

  Perfect Timing For a few minutes this morning, when the sun was shining and making 17-degrees feel warm, I considered going ice fishing. After I actually got outside and realized clouds were blocking the sun and the wind was howling, I changed my mind and instead drove along the river for a few miles. …

Cottontail Rabbit at Night - Image 410898

Kip’s Comments 1-9-17

  Be Watching Now is the time to be watching out in the open lands for several interesting bird species. If I had my choice, my winter bird visitor to find would be the snowy owl. I have not seen a snowy owl in Bremer County in many years. As I drive I am watching …

White Bull Thistle - Image 392835

Kip’s Comments 8-10-16

  Uncommon Common Species Today’s posting features no unusual birds or insects, but does include an uncommon variation of a very common noxious weed. Yesterday, while riding my bicycle around Sweet Marsh, I noticed a white bull thistle plant among all of the typical purple plants. I thought it was worthy of a photograph, but …

Cottontail Rabbit at Night - Image 295956

Kip’s Comments 1-22-15

  Neighborhood Animals Our neighborhood includes many animals – some wild and some not so wild. There are the dogs…many dogs. Then there are the cats. Stray cats really get me going when I see them hunting birds under my feeders. I have almost given up fighting the squirrels in my yard. We have had …

Eastern Bluebird - Image 263364

Kip’s Comments 6-8-14

  A Pleasant Reunion After much too long apart, this morning I was involved in a reunion of sorts. According to my database, it has been many years (possibly decades) since I concentrated on eastern bluebird photography. Having been told of an active nest box late last week, I decided to check it out this …

Male American Kestrel - Image 239569

Kip’s Comments 2-28-14

Just a Few More Hours and “Pretty Boy” Today is the last day to legally hunt cottontail rabbits in the 2013-2014 hunting season. Decades ago, before I picked up a camera, I hunted rabbits and squirrels. Often I had my beagle “Babe” calling out the location of the bunnies. We chased many rabbits back then. …

Gray Partridge - Image 239403

Kip’s Comments 2-27-14

Presenting Primarily Poultry Pictures As the title states, today’s post will feature many poultry pictures. Our weather – much snow, and our habitat – much open space with very little cover, are challenging various wildlife species. Observant motorists can see groups of partridges, pheasants, and wild turkeys along the roads in search of a bite …