Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Image 696911 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-25-21

  A Perfect Pose! For weeks I have been routinely hearing the tell-tale call of yellow-billed cuckoos along the Wapsipinicon River. On two occasions I spotted the elusive birds that tend to spend much of their time hidden by leaves in the upper parts of trees. I have even managed a few photographs, but none …

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Image 694217 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-3-21

  Species Photo Challenge While paddling my canoe tonight I heard a couple of yellow-billed cuckoos calling back and forth across the river. Every now and then one of the birds would move around, seldom in a position where I could easily see them. As much as I tried, I was not afforded an opportunity …

Blue-winged Teal on the Wapsipinicon River - Image 681847 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-11-21

  Dominance at Near Eye-level This morning during low-light levels and again tonight when it was nearly dark I paddled around the island on the Wapsipinicon River near Frederika. During both outings I saw many blue-winged teals and heard several wood ducks and Canada geese. Turkey vultures and bald eagles were flying over too.    …

Drake Wood Duck in Flight - Image 680539 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-31-21

  Impacts As photography equipment improves and social media platforms mature, I am learning that a few people (photographers) are inclined to question the impacts of some photography techniques on wildlife. Like it or not – our approaches, our shutter clicks, our flashes, our scent, our very presence impacts wildlife. Certainly most of the time …

Cooper's Hawk with Prey - Image 677292 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-21-21

  Squab – It’s What’s For Snacking Around mid-afternoon I went out to Sweet Marsh to see what I could find nature-related. Before I even made it to the entrance of the marsh I noticed something out of place below the bridge over the Wapsipinicon River. A large mess of light/white feathers led to a …

Wapsipinicon River at Night in Winter - Image 665130 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-30-20

  On the River With a Paddle, But Only Hard Water Every 30-days or so I have been doing my best to enjoy a full moon paddle on the Wapsipinicon River. Last night, during the actual full moon, I opted to delay my attempt due to the winter storm that was in progress. So, with …

Red-shouldered Hawk - Image 665036 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-26-20

  More of a Good Thing Christmas activities are continuing at our home, so time spent wandering is not happening – and that is OK! For a few days my photos will be likely be less than other times. During the times I am out, I am carrying my camera. Today a quick drive along …

Adult Bald Eagle in Tree Along Wapsipinicon River - Image 663488 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-18-20

  More of the Same Unfortunately again today I did not have much time to dedicate to outdoor photography. If it wouldn’t have been for Kristy telling me about two bald eagles in a field, I wouldn’t have seen anything. Even when I did get to her sighting location, only one eagle was still on …

Northern Pike - Image 661545 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-21-20

  I am Sick About This During this entire year I have struggled to catch fish. Whether fishing with artificial bait or nightcrawlers and bobbers with our grandkids, I have had an absolutely terrible year of fishing. In fact, for much of the time I have given up even trying to pull a fish from …

Pied-billed Grebes on Wapsipincon River - Image 660837 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-5-20

  Breaking News – Not COVID or Election  Who else, besides me, has had enough of COVID-19 and/or election coverage? How about I share other newsworthy information?  Headline #1 – With November 5 temperatures in the mid-70’s, I am still finding multiple bullfrogs and leopard frogs out enjoying the warmth. I looked hard to find …