Banner Year for Cicada Killers

Banner Year for Cicada Killers

Jul 28, 2018

  It’s late July; summer is beginning to wane. Right on schedule, this year’s crop of annual cicadas has made their above ground appearance. Often referred to as “locusts”, the distinctive chorus of hopeful males is currently filling the sultry summer atmosphere. With volumes exceeding 100 decibels, the ear-piercing trill is impossible to miss....

Bird Brain

Bird Brain

Jul 12, 2018

Ask any duck hunter what he or she considers to be the smartest duck and they’re likely to list the mallard as a top contender. Whoever coined the phrase “Bird Brain” certainly wasn’t referring to the noble Greenhead. As elusive as they are gaudy, mallard ducks rarely come straight to the decoys. Instead, they prefer to cautiously inspect the spread...

Iowa’s Red-headed Woodpecker Suffers Alarming Decline

Iowa’s Red-headed Woodpecker Suffers Alarming Decline

Jun 22, 2018

With its crimson head, black and white checkerboard plumage, and bluish chiseled bill; the red-headed woodpecker is one of Iowa’s most strikingly beautiful birds. Occurring statewide, the red-headed is one of the commonest, and certainly one of our most popular, feathered residents. But scientists say the species’ relative abundance may be in peril. Data...

The Beau Brummel of American Waterfowl

The Beau Brummel of American Waterfowl

Jun 13, 2018

  To say that wood ducks make interesting photo subjects is like saying Mt. Everest is tall; that lava is hot. With its streamlined form, multicolored plumage, and elegantly crested head, the wood duck is one of our most beautiful birds – the Beau Brummel of American waterfowl. Getting a good look at one is not easy. Shy and reclusive, wood ducks are...

Summer Gobblers

Summer Gobblers

Jun 11, 2018

  You don’t have be crazy to sit inside a turkey blind in 84-degree summer heat; but it sure doesn’t hurt either.  I was reminded of this fact the moment the sun hit the blind’s canvas and the inside temperature began to soar.  Within minutes, my temporary abode had gone from a comfortable observation site to a full blown summer sauna.  The growing...

Spotlight on Wood Ducks

Spotlight on Wood Ducks

Jun 6, 2018

    Bill’s Pond — June 1, 2018:  Although serious photographers hate to admit it, many of their favorite wildlife shots have absolutely nothing to do with skill but are the result of completely unplanned and uncontrolled circumstance otherwise known as “being in the right place at the right time”.  The photo above is my latest...