Ring-billed Gull in Flight at Sweet 616353 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-23-20

  Dropping In  Tonight I spent a couple of hours sitting in dry grass along Sweet Marsh watching probably hundreds of ducks, a couple of trumpeter swans, and three dozen or more sandhill cranes as they flew in to roost for the night. The sky was filled with activity coming and going from all directions. …

Juvenile Ring-billed Gull in Flight - Image 593939 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-22-19

  In Flight (at least part of the time) During a short break (~5-minutes at most) I watched four bird species working moving water. I was not able to photograph the great blue heron. Bird species I did photograph were ring-billed gulls, American white pelicans, and a turkey vulture.    Ring-billed Gulls in Flight:    …

Ring-billed Gull in Flight - Image 488421 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-2-18

  Ordinary Species and Compositions Due to a very full schedule today, my time for shooting wildlife pictures was short. There were no hikes, no sitting and watching, nothing more than a few grab shots as I went about my business.      While none of the species was unusual, the image of the ring-billed …

Ring-billed Gulls - Image 392019

Kip’s Comments 8-2-16

  Same Birds, This Time in Action Yesterday I featured images of ring-billed gulls in a group on a concrete pier. Today’s images show the birds in flight. Even though the birds are common species, I still enjoyed shooting pictures of them and used the gulls for practice on birds-in-flight images.   Ring-billed Gulls in …

Sandhill Cranes in Flight Over Sweet Marsh - Image 369935

Kip’s Comments 4-14-16

  Beauty at Sunrise and Shooting Into the Sun Our weather forecast for this morning predicted that we would have winds again today.  Imagine that…another windy day in Iowa! I was kayaking on the waters of Sweet Marsh before 7:00AM in hopes of shooting a few pictures before the winds kicked up. It was good …

American Coot on Ground - Image 369816

Kip’s Comments 4-13-16

  Pictures From the Pontoon Boat In the unlikely event regular readers have not noticed, I will make an admission. I really like being on the water. Swimming does not interest me, but being on the water in a canoe, kayak, fishing boat, or pontoon boat is an all around good time that I enjoy …