Fern Frond - Image 433760 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-23-17

  Something Uncommon Three Days in a Row Was Asking Too Much Even though I knew the chances were slim of finding and photographing an unusual wildlife species three days in a row, I still went out looking with my Nikon ready for just about anything. As expected, today was more of a normal day …

Trumpeter Swans at Sweet Marsh - Image 417820

Kip’s Comments 2-19-17

  Wildlife Everywhere, Yet More Snow is Coming! Either the wildlife in our area knows something the folks at the National Weather Service don’t know, or there will soon be tens of thousands of migrating birds that will be covered in snow later this week. If you live anywhere in NE Iowa and were outside …

Hen Mallard on Wapsipinicon River - Image 345503

Kip’s Comments 11-7-15

  Farewell For Another Season? As much as I hope it isn’t true, I believe the time has come to bid farewell to the pair of great blue herons that called Indian Pond home this year. I looked all over for the two birds this morning, but was unsuccessful in my search. Since it is …

Snail on Finger - Image 319228

Kip’s Comments 5-9-15

  A Second Day of Camping Since we have moved our living quarters into the “wild” (sort of), I made use of the locale and the untold photography opportunities. By combining a bicycle ride on the soft trails with numerous photo stops, I accumulated a good number of images for the day. I must say, …

Ring-billed Gull at George Wyth State Park - Image 306051

Kip’s Comments 3-28-15

  Grain Bin Rescue Training and Birds at George Wyth State Park As another day comes to an end, I can once again summarize my day as very busy and quite varied. The most interesting and most important activity was grain bin rescue training presented by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety. The Tripoli …

Wood Duck - Image 305507

Kip’s Comments 3-27-15

  Photos From the Water¬† Fortunately water in area ponds, marshes, and rivers is not dropping in temperature as quickly as the air has. If they did, I would not have been able to paddle early this morning and then after work. I was almost expecting ice this morning, but the water on the Cedar …

Whitetail Deer - Image 305385

Kip’s Comments 3-26-15

  A Good Day For Relaxing…If You Are An Animal I don’t know about the rest of you, but I had one of those days when I had trouble seeing right from left or top from bottom. Wow, it was busy. In addition to being busy, it was nice out. The sun was shining and …

Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker - Image 302992

Kip’s Comments 3-14-15

  Finally… I Have Pictures of the Leucistic Pileated Woodpecker!! After so many trips to Cedar Falls to shoot pictures of the leucistic pileated woodpecker, without success, that I have lost count, I finally recorded images of the very uncommon bird. A small group of us waited quite a bit of time tonight, actually thinking …

Drake Gadwall (302325)

Kip’s Comments 3-11-15

  I Need Open Water This time of year there are two things I really need – vacation days and open water. Both are crucial for migratory bird photography. I have the vacation days lined up. Now we need it to warm up enough to melt the thick ice covering much of our marshes and …

Saw-whet Owl Producing Owl Pellet - Image 299163

Kip’s Comments 2-13-15

  A Great Blessing of Birds Once again I was reminded my wildlife photography is not something I alone control. If that was the case, I doubt I would have the opportunities that come my way so often, such as today. I had time off and decided to see what kind of bird photos I …