She is a beauty Waldo. Brings back memories of canoeing to the lonely Loon calls in northern Ontario back in the 70's.
These are such beautiful birds and i love their haunting call, nice capture.
The loons around here are mighty shy and secretive NatureDiver and EagleHunter - just when you think you can get a good picture , they dive and come up 100 feet away from where you last saw them . Have never seen one with offspring - that would make a good image !
Oh wow...would love to see one of these! Great catch! Cheers, pear
Hello pear - I'm not much of a loon expert , just got lucky with this one at a local lake in the spring - I think they move to higher elevations to lakes in the mountains where they spend their summers, then migrate south for the winter ( ? ).
Nice shot - Like
Hello Galadriela - the Loon thanks you !
Fantastic Loonie Capture Waldo!
They are certainly very shy and secretive too!
The first time I heard their call, it was the middle of the night about 2 am and I was convinced that a deranged wolf was climbing through my window! I was scared to death, having never heard them before. I'm very thankful that I wasn't in a tent the first time hahaha! Now I can pick them out and usually tell which family they belong to as well. There are alot of loons here in the Summer but one is very lucky to even catch a glimmer of the water at night time where they are.. much less a photo! :<)
Love the sounds NatureDiver - now all I have to do is retrieve one cat from the chandelier and convince the other to come out from underneath the bed ! Note to self .....
Don't feel bad GordJessPhotos - I have only been able to get loon photos twice in 25 years of photography ( I started at a very young age ) !
Nice catch of an elusive bird! I used to think we didn't have them around here, then found out that the bland gray and white birds in the estuaries and off shore in the winter here were common loons - in their drab winter plumage! I only managed to see one last spring in this beautiful plumage, just before it must have headed north.
The loons don't seem to be lense friendly kamalyn , but we'll have to keep trying - just imagine all the other neat wildlife you'll see while searching for this mystical creature !
That is an excellent shot! You got all the details in those pretty feathers. You're right, they are usually very camera shy; I've tried and failed lots of times. Here is my one exception.
Hello Nawitka - I had to track this bird for a few minutes and try to guestimate where he would surface next - this is the better of the 2 presentable shots !
Well, pretty coincidental: I was up at one of the big estuaries today, and there almost seemed to be a Loon Convention! I've never seen groups of them, but there they all were. And there was one who almost seemed to be posing: it kept getting closer, and wasn't in the mood to be diving! So here's one of these in its very bland winter plumage...Hard to believe that they're the same species!
Well done Bits-n-Pieces - did you get permission from N.A.S.A. to borrow their Loon-R Lander ? Now if we could just get those B.C. folks ( British Columbia - not Before Christ ) to quit bothering those eagles and concentrate on loons ...
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