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 …

Sandhill Cranes at Sweet Marsh - Image 425905 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-26-17

  Trying To Impress Spring is the time of year when many of the larger wildlife in our area take care of their reproductive needs. I am referring to those critters bigger than insects, but not deer. Many mate just once each year, so you can imagine that for them, finding the appropriate mate and accomplishing the …

Double-crested Cormorant in Flight - Image 424576 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-18-17

  Road Hunting Since our house was a whirlwind of activity with the two oldest grandkids staying with us, I was not able to get out to shoot any photos until late this afternoon. Kristy and I made a drive to Cedar Falls a “value-added trip” when we road hunted (with a Nikon). Our efforts …

Eastern Towhee - Image 376484

Kip’s Comments 5-1-16

  Much Seen Today, Including a Life First!  Once again I was on the water early today due to a forecast of rain. My efforts were rewarded with a number of observations and photographs. None of the pictures will take your breath away, but they will give you an indication of what was happening at …

Tree Swallow at Big Woods Lake - Image 368844

Kip’s Comments 4-10-16

  Water and Wildflowers Kristy and I were closely watching the weather forecast last night when we went to bed. Our hopes were we could get up early for some sunrise (or so) paddling on Big Woods Lake. Bald eagles would be what we searched for, but of course we would appreciate and enjoy any …

Double-crested Cormorant in Flight at Big Woods Lake - Image 365607

Kip’s Comments 3-28-16

  Big Day at Big Woods Lake Bright and early this morning I was on my way to paddle on Big Woods Lake. My plan was to photograph the common loon Kristy and I saw on the water there yesterday. I didn’t expect to see or shoot pics of much else. From the parking lot, …

White-faced Ibis - Image 255620

Kip’s Comments 5-14-14

  Getting A Little Help – Once again this morning I was reminded how I am not alone on the big dirtball we call earth.  Twice yesterday my buddy and I saw white-faced ibises at Sweet Marsh.  Both times we were able to photograph the birds. Of course we were thrilled to see the uncommon …