Skinny Ring-necked Pheasants - Image 672677 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-18-21

  Skinny Birds I don’t have much to share today since the day was more of the same – work and more work. During my travels I did come across what appears to be a pair of young ring-necked pheasants. Both birds seem to be lightweights, but the rooster looks really small. If they can …

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Snow - Image 672656 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-17-21

  Minimalism – Visually and Reality Minimalism in photography generally includes the following elements: simplicity, negative space (nothing there…blank), composition, isolation, color, lines and shapes. The longer I dabble in photography, the more interesting I find creating images in the minimalist format. Seldom do minimalist image compositions appear in their entirety and ready for recording, …

Wild Turkey in Flight - Image 672577 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-16-21

  Not Quite Summer, But Nicer Early this morning the thermometer on my truck hit -22 degrees. Activity this morning was virtually non-existent until temperatures warmed this afternoon. By mid-day the thermometer was in the single digits above zero. Believe it or not, by dressing properly (in layers), it was actually comfortable enough that I …

Horned Lark - Image 672438 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-15-21

  Oblivious to the Conditions and Freezing Feet With the mercury plunging to -20 degrees and further overnight, a person cannot help but wonder how some of our wildlife survives such condition. Yes, wildlife has coping mechanisms – one option being torpor. When in a state of torpor animals enter a condition of lethargy and …

Adult Bald Eagle With Dead Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant - Image 547941 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-1-19

  Surviving the Risk, Or Not Yesterday I shared thoughts about how I was concerned for our wildlife due to so much of the habitat being buried under snow, in some cases buried under feet of snow. That habitat provides some cover from the elements and some safety from predators.      As I traveled …

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant in Flight - Image 542150 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-17-19

  Try to Hunt Them Wild  A few years ago I accompanied a group of guys while they hunted pheasants on a game farm. My intentions on that outing were to photograph the process of hunting ring-necked pheasants – shooting action, dogs pointing, the landscape in the fall. I had a good time, but that …

Ring-necked Pheasant Along Road - Image 512459 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-17-18

  Effects of Dew Moist mornings due to heavy dew tend to move upland game birds to dry areas, such as along our country roads. Today I spotted several families of ring-necked pheasants – minus Dad pheasants – working and resting along the edges of gravel roads. Most of the birds did not sit for …

Ring-necked Pheasant (Rooster) in Flight - Image 480578 © Kip Ladage

Kip’s Comments 1-3-18

  How Do They Do It? During a late afternoon drive I saw from a distance several ring-necked pheasants feeding in a field. The field was not covered with deep snow, but I am sure the snow that was there was hard packed from the wind and frozen from our days of double-digits below zero …

Young Ring-necked Pheasant- Image 446633(© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-12-17

  A Pouting Pheasant Chick? Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe I may have held in my hand today a very young ring-necked pheasant that showed me some attitude. That I was holding the little birds was due to the young pheasant entering a garage in rural Waverly. If the bird was …

Charlie's Fire in Mason City - Image 351286

Kip’s Comments 1-11-16

  Words of the Day: Mutual Aid (and Pheasants) Today many of the emergency management coordinators from District 2 met in Mason City for our monthly meeting. We had much to cover and our meeting went considerably longer than normal. By early to mid-afternoon we were finally leaving. As I was headed toward the Avenue …