A Passing Moment in Siouxland Watching Nature, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri Valley

31 Aug

A redheaded woodpecker checks out who is also visiting the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, July 3, 2022 near Missouri Valley, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes when I am out in Siouxland visiting various wildlife refuges my encounters with nature and the creatures is sometimes very fleeting. Many birds are very coy about strangers and visitors who happen upon the creature’s neck of the woods. Whether walking a trail or grassy meadow, the feathered friends take note and then seem to vanish. A blink of an eye is almost a lifetime while trying to photograph them.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A Redheaded woodpecker eyeballs a visitor at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, July 3, 2022 near Missouri Valley, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Moments later a Redheaded woodpecker plays coy and ignores a visitor at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, July 3, 2022 near Missouri Valley, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A Redheaded woodpecker launches itself from its perch at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, July 3, 2022 near Missouri Valley, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Displaying some interesting aero dynamics a Redheaded woodpecker leaves its perch at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, July 3, 2022 near Missouri Valley, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A Redheaded woodpecker leaves its perch upon a post at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, July 3, 2022 near Missouri Valley, Iowa (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

3 Responses to “A Passing Moment in Siouxland Watching Nature, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri Valley”

  1. Angela Tague August 31, 2022 at 10:19 am #

    Lovely photos, Jerry! And, I just saw this on Facebook from the DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge page. You should enter some photos!

    Deadline Friday Sept 2nd 2022!Do you have a photo from the last year on DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge that you would love to share and win a prize for? Then enter the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest! All you have to do to enter is fill out the two forms at this website link: http://ow.ly/HPzG50KvMA4, and then email them to alyssa_lu@fws.gov! For any questions please call the refuge at 712-388-4800.

    Have a great Wednesday!Angie

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    • jerrymennenga August 31, 2022 at 3:19 pm #

      Thanks Angie. I will have to check that out. I think this little guy was happy the paparazzi left.

      • Angela Tague August 31, 2022 at 4:50 pm #

        You’re welcome! Happy shooting!

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