Yellow-rumped Warbler - Image 689911 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-4-21

  Secretly Wishing? For the first time in more than a year I am attending in-person training with counterparts from across the state. One of my cohorts gives me an incredible amount of grief (in good spirits) about my passion for nature photography. One breath he will be asking if I photographed a snail migration …

Great Horned Owlet in Tree - Image 620388 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-8-20

  Two Owl Species, a Warbler, Eagles, and Swans For the first time ever I have photographed a barred owl and a great horned owl on the same day. I have had days when I recorded images of a saw-whet owl and barred owl, but never a barred owl and a great horned owl. I …

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Image 564090 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-10-19 and 5-11-19

  Grandson Time My posts have not kept up due to having a great opportunity to spend time with one of our younger grandsons. Such time is important and not often enough, so I took advantage of it. While he is sleeping I thought it might be a good time to share some photos from …

Nashville Warbler at Casey Lake at Hickory Hills Park - Image 525413 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 9-29-18 and 9-30-18

  Warblers and Water and Then Home Yesterday I invited my young photographer buddy to join me on the water at Casey Lake at Hickory Hills Park to photograph warblers along the wooded shoreline. This happened after he and I had hiked to virtually the same area along the shore with no luck other than …

Flooding at Cabin - Image 502451 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-4-18

  Trusting Rotten Rope When it rains it pours, in more ways than one. A family member and I have spent four of the last five days at the Mayo Clinics in Rochester. It seems like one thing leads to another when you are visiting specialists. Then, in a more literal form, the skies opened …

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Image 500183 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-25-18

  Backyard Chirping While walking back and forth in the yard this afternoon, as I was talking on the phone, I noticed avian activity in our birch tree. Not one to pass up a bird sighting, I watched the three bird species long enough to decide it might be worthwhile to grab my camera. Even …

Greater Yellowlegs - Image 4955621 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-14-18

  Seen Today While On The Water Challenging paddling conditions or not, several of us were on the water today. During a very brief break (no more than a minute or so), I photographed both a greater yellowlegs and a yellow-rumped warbler. Lighting conditions were not ideal, but I made the best of it.    …

Male Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) - Image 495596 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-13-18

  Heading North and Heading Nowhere As I paddled today my company, along with Jason and Scott, were numerous yellow-rumped warblers and “cheeping” brown creepers. The warblers are here only for the short term as they move northward to nest in far Northern Minnesota and Canada. Other warbler species may be here too, but I …

Male Baltimore Oriole - Image 439613 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-11-17

  Before Work Birds Before a very full day of work today I shot some photos. Most were bird photos, including a couple that I am having formally ID’d. Here they are…     Male Baltimore Oriole:       House Wren:       Probable Flycatcher Species:           Swainson’s Thrush: …

American Goldfinch in Redbud Tree - Image 435693 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 4-29 and 4-30-17

  Learning About Birds – Me Sharing and Me Learning Kristy and I had a house filled with guests this weekend. Two of those visiting were of adult age. The remaining three ranged in age from around 3-months old to a four-year old (going on 15-years old). As I often do, I shared the outdoors …