Displaced Shrew Near Flood Water - Image 549442 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-15-19

  Displaced Wildlife, In-Place Wildlife Today’s post describes observations made today of two types of wildlife. First we will study two flood-displaced wildlife species I encountered. Species #1 is a common wildlife species, a mammal, that I have not photographed alive before. I don’t remember ever seeing one alive in the wild, until today. As …

Adult Bald Eagle With Leg Band - Image 548794 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-10-19

  Observations Without Explanations During my first outing outside today I was able to photograph an adult bald eagle feeding on carrion. It wasn’t until I studied the images on my computer that I realized the eagle was sporting a band on its left leg. Unfortunately I was not able to read the numbers/letters on …

Great Blue Heron in Snow on Shell Rock River - Image 541657 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-12-19

  Checking on the Offspring Way back when, so many years ago that I cannot remember for sure, I had the opportunity to work with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on a wild turkey reintroduction project. One location were we released the birds was Heery Woods State Park, near Clarksville. Today as I returned …

Red-shouldered Hawk at George Wyth State Park - Image 539489 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-21-18

  The Best Was Last Following a day of work I was able to get out briefly to enjoy time in the outdoors. While my efforts did not amount to much as far as intensity was concerned, I did get my “outdoor fix” and was a better person for it.        For the …

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 …

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 …

Sucker (Fish Species) - Image 481729 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-19-18 through 1-21-18

  A Winter Weekend Getaway Every year for as long as I can remember I have said to Kristy that it would be nice to get away during the winter to some location where it is warm. I was thinking a mid-winter excursion would be a great way to break up the months of cold …

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 …

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 …