Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree - Image 604271 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-12-20

  An Owl Threesome Weekend Friday and Saturday I photographed barred owls, some images recorded with two of our grandkids with much excitement. Today when Kristy and I went for our “Week 2 of 52 Hike” I photographed a saw-whet owl in a cedar tree. Three days with owl images captured each day!     We …

Red-tailed Hawk on Utility Pole - Image 525709 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-2-18

  Checking Their Nostrils Over the years I have shot a great many pictures. After each day of shooting I edit my images and delete those that don’t pass muster for a variety of reasons. One sure way for a wildlife picture to go to the trash is if the head – specifically the eyes …

Young Wild Turkeys on Downed Tree - Image 522290 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-5-18

  I See You! As I traveled down a road today I noticed a group of young wild turkeys sitting on a downed tree a few feet inside a brushy area. From what I could tell, the birds initially thought I didn’t see them. However, as I moved to shoot pictures the birds caught on …

Saw-whet Owl in Cedar Tree in Rain - Image 487320 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-19-18

  It May Be Wet, But They Still Have to Eat and Maintenance Time (See Important Notice Below!) Rainy and icy or not, wildlife has to eat. Since today was a holiday for me, I was anxious to get out, but not until after I had a few projects completed around home. When I was …

Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant Hiding in Corn Stubble - Image 486265 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 2-14-18

  Yesterday (Part 2) and Today In yesterday’s post I explained how I went searching for a saw-whet owl and found one. I’d like to explain in further detail saw-whet owls.Saw-whet owls are found only in portions of Iowa during the winter months – from about November through March. Soon any saw-whets that are here …

Wild Turkey - Image 483990 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-30-18

  It Happened Again…I Tried to Go Fishing After work today I attempted to go ice fishing. You might assume this would be an easy plan to complete, but it wasn’t. Just like last Friday, before I made it to the ice I saw critters. While I was not able to see or photograph river …

Wild Turkey - Image 480830 © Kip Ladage

Kip’s Comments 1-6-18

  Ring the Dinner Bell After many days of bone-chilling cold, today almost reached double-digits above zero. Based on the avian and squirrel activity I watched and photographed, our wildlife appreciated the somewhat warmer conditions. All seemed very hungry and readily accepted my food offerings.  Squirrels and my backyard birds were constantly busy at the …

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480229 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-1-18

  A New Year’s Day Tradition Twenty-six years ago today my buddy Darrin and I enjoyed our first New Year’s Day float. Back then we paddled my trusty aluminum canoe. Today fifteen of us paddled kayaks on the Cedar River below the dam in Cedar Falls.     As expected, our numbers were down considerably from last …

Whitetail Deer in Soybean Field - Image 461784 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-11-17

  Easy Shots During my outdoor activities today I found it rather easy to spot wildlife. Shooting photographs was a different story, but that was OK. Just having an opportunity to watch wildlife, even if only briefly, was a good activity. The wildlife I did see was ordinary, but fun nonetheless.     Whitetail Deer …

Wild Turkey - Image 449919 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-29-17

  Flash Flooding and Its Affect on Wildlife Following last night’s heavy rains it was easy to see wildlife that had been pushed out of thick cover by rapidly rising rivers. As the river bottoms fill with water, wildlife is forced to move to drier ground as the two wild turkeys I photographed had done …