Red-tailed Hawk - Image 587153 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-9-19

  Watching Me Watching Them Today was one of those days when the work day was longer than expected and the evening hours were dominated by the threat of severe weather. The only nature photography I pursued was three quick “grab shot” sessions of two bird species and a mammal species watching me.  Each time …

Mallards in Shallow Water - Image 554844 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-4-19

  She Was Present, Inhabiting the Quiet Spots  Now is the time when wildlife is looking for or has claimed valued real estate for nesting purposes. Often the locations chosen are proper for carrying on the genes. Other times what appears to be good habitat may in fact be only a short-lasting area that appears …

Insect on Siding- Image 554644 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-1-19

  Not the First, But a Bigger Than Normal Spring must be here since now the insects have appeared. I don’t know where the insects go during the winter, but here they are. Fortunately this one doesn’t bite. I apologize that I do not know the species identification.    Insect on Siding:        …

Hooded Merganser at Sweet Marsh - Image 551050 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-21-19

  Hooded Mergansers It seems one small area of open water is a preferred location for many hooded mergansers. Each of the past few days I have enjoyed watching the attractive birds, even though they seldom stick around for long. Today’s viewing of mergansers was the longest to date (for 2019), but did not go …

Great Blue Heron in Fog and Brush - Image 550816 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-20-19

  Seen Today – Most in Hiding With so much water where it should not be (due to flooding), incoming migrating waterfowl have plenty of resting, feeding, and hiding places that make wildlife photography challenging. It seems getting close happens only by chance. Wildlife that is seen tends to be quite far away.  Most pictures …

Red-tailed Hawk on Power Pole - Image 550775 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-19-19

  Still Waiting and Watching Since we could not do a “Marsh Migrations” kayak outing tonight due to 16″-20″ of ice at Sweet Marsh, I went out just to watch for and possibly to photograph migrating waterfowl and other species. I did see a few things – like male red-winged blackbirds, a river otter, and …

Whitetail Deer Jumping Fence - Image 550640 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-18-19

  Where’s My Bridge I doubt there was anyone else in the whole wide world asking “Where’s my bridge” other than me the past couple of days. High water moving large ice chunks took out a bridge on the Cedar River. We are not talking about a small bridge. The Green Mill Bridge was nearly …

Bald Eagle in Tree - Image 550532 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-17-19

  A Bald Eagle and More Mergansers From Yesterday Due to an urgent work-related issue, my time searching for wildlife photos was very limited today. Had it not been for this bald eagle in a tree watching mergansers, I may not have seen any wildlife that I could photograph.    Bald Eagle in Tree:    …

Female Hooded Merganser - Image 550436 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-16-19

  Watching For More With each day of warmer weather I am watching for more waterfowl and other migratory bird species to arrive. Based only on what I saw through my camera and lenses today, no new species arrived overnight.  I did shoot photos of a couple of species that have been around at least …

Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549442 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-15-19

  Displaced Wildlife, In-Place Wildlife Today’s post describes observations made today of two types of wildlife. First we will study two flood-displaced wildlife species I encountered. Species #1 is a common wildlife species, a mammal, that I have not photographed alive before. I don’t remember ever seeing one alive in the wild, until today. As …