Black Tern - Image 633088 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-14-20

  Magic Moments at Sweet Marsh What a surprise to wake to…there was no wind to deal with! It was misty and foggy, but there was no wind, so I went paddling.     My goal on the drive out was to photograph shorebirds and maybe soras and Virginia rails. However, after arriving at the boat …

Two Old Coots at Sweet Marsh - Image 624950 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-24-20

  Where Coots Go to Die Early today I paddled at Sweet Marsh – just for the sake of paddling and being out. Of course I was hoping to find something to photograph, but it would have been OK if I hadn’t. Overnight it seems most of the migratory birds have left. I saw no …

Virginia Rail at Sweet Marsh - Image 500109 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-24-18

  Hearing, Then Seeing Usually my critter observation operations go something like this. Travel to suitable location/habitat. Prep myself to blend into the environment (camo). Watch intently as I hike, bike, or paddle. See something and shoot pictures.  Listen to what I was watching as it makes noise in the process of leaving the area.  …

Virginia Rail at Sweet Marsh - Image 443116 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-26-17

  What is Out of Place? Before work today I went paddling at Sweet Marsh. Sky conditions were cloudy and there was only a gentle breeze. Due to the time being early in the day (before the sun burned through the clouds) and the wind-caused movement, any images recorded would require either very careful handholding …

Least Bittern at Sweet Marsh - Image 438523 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-6-17

  The Magic of a Marsh Shortly before 7:00AM I was out at Sweet Marsh today. My goal was to find and photograph the American bittern or bitterns I have been hearing during recent visits. American bittern sighting/photography success would not come easy, and as it turned out, I never did find an American bittern. …