Ring-billed Gull at Sweet Marsh - Image 681040 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-4-21

  Drifting on Easter Morning After a couple of challenging days I was in serious need of some quiet nature time. So on this Easter morning I spent a couple of hours paddling quietly at Sweet Marsh. Also on the water with me were probably 200 American white pelicans, blue-winged teal, coots, assorted other ducks, …

Bonaparte's Gulls and Forster's Tern - Image 627767 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-1-20

  Scenes In the Waves Windy or not, I paddled at Sweet Marsh today to assess whether there were any new avian visitors to the area. I am pleased to report that congregated together I found a large ring-billed gull, a couple/few Forster’s terns, and a half-dozen or more Bonaparte’s gulls. The white birds allowed …

Forster's Tern at Brinker Lake - Image 580327 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-27-19

  TimeWarp and Focus Kristy and I were out early today at Brinker Lake at George Wyth State Park. We weren’t early enough to beat many others who were already on the water, but we were early enough to beat the rush at the ramp. Our intentions for the outing were multiple. First, Kristy wanted …

Black-headed Gull at Lake Red Rock - Image 472606 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-11-17

  Not What I Expected During an early morning kayaking trip on Lake Red Rock I spotted a group of ring-billed gulls. In the outer edges of the many ring-billed gulls was a lone gull of a different persuasion. From the seat of a rocking kayak I wasn’t able to identify the species with certainty. …

Ring-billed Gull - Image 470995 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-24-17

  Looking Into the Sun (and more) Photography is nothing more than recording light or the absence/varying levels of light. The most common type of lighting is with the light behind you and featuring the subject. Sometimes though, a photographer has no choice but to look into the light. Such conditions can result in images …

Ring-billed Gull - Image 460256 (Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-4-17

  Common Sense Wins Over Strong Desire We were near Lake Red Rock today enjoying the Labor Day holiday. Lake Red Rock (Iowa’s largest lake) consists of 15,000 acres of water and 35,000 acres of land. Knowing we were going to be near Lake Red Rock, I took a kayak along with intentions of getting …

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 440128 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-12-17

  A Blue Sky is My Preferred Background A couple of days ago I shared images recorded at a double-crested cormorant rookery. The photos, while accurate, were created with a bright white sky/background due to cloudy/rainy conditions when photographed. Today’s blue sky meant it was time to shoot more photos with a better background.   …

Ring-billed Gull with Fish - Image 419701 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-3-17

  A New Respect For Gulls For as long as I can remember I have not paid much attention to gulls. I can think of a couple of reasons for the casual disregard I have shown for a relatively common species. Often when I see gulls, I associate them with messes on docks and piers …

Sandhill Cranes - Image 418366 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-22-17

  A Sky Full of Birds and Determination (or “The Painted Turtle That Could”) Since today was predicted to have record high temperatures, I took the day off to witness the event. I don’t know if any thermal records were broken, but I do know that I made the best of a great day off. …

RIng-billed Gull in Flight - Image 404563

Kip’s Comments 11-9-16

  Shooting Practice They are noisy, they are messy, and I have even noticed an odor when I am near large numbers of them. Yet, when there are no other wildlife subjects to be seen and ring-billed gulls are flying around in their daredevil patterns, I am more than happy to use them for Nikon …