Common Loon in Winter

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Scorched Earth Photo… on February 27, 2011

Well I'll be darned - it's a loon ! If it wasn't for the beak and the chest feathers , I would have never known . Great capture Bits - I think I will abandon my bald eagle endeavors and concentrate on loons this spring - I think I might actually have that looney gene !

Bits-n-Pieces on February 27, 2011

Thanks waldo! Seems so funny that you don't recognize this as a common loon since this plumage is all I know for the way loons look! And so now if you find some in summer, you be sure to get them with their cute little babies! I get so envious when I see the photos others get of them...

Nawitka on February 27, 2011

What a poser! I would never have guessed this is a loon! Gosh, I've probably seen lots of them and never known. Thanks so much ... I'll look out for them; we get a lot of overwintering birds here in Boundary Bay.

diannemcd on February 27, 2011

Great photo of the lonely loon. Cheers, D

Bits-n-Pieces on February 27, 2011

Thanks guys! Nawitka - I'm sure there must be plenty of these around your area in winter. They're so blandly colored that they don't stand out very much, though. But they usually act just like summer-plumage loons: As soon as you get a bead on them, plop, they disappear underwater, only to pop back up about 200 yards away.....That's what made this one so nice! He kept getting closer, and even did the old standing up out of the water to beat his wings. (LOL, maybe he was actually a reincarnated swan!)

Norrel on February 27, 2011

I don't remember ever having seen a loon. According to its high forehead it must be a very intelligent bird.

Bits-n-Pieces on February 27, 2011

That's because this one is in Massachusetts! ;)

I bet you'll finally get to see some loons on your upcoming summer vacation, though! You'll be traveling through prime Loon territory. But don't look for a bird like this one. Look for one like this bird waldo posted. Or better yet, listen for them when you're camping. Listen to this video link to hear why we're all commenting on their calls.

Norrel on February 27, 2011

Ah, now I can tell you that I've met some loons. They are rather common in the northern part of Europe. I remember I've seen them in Finland, when they were wearing their gala-dresses

Bits-n-Pieces on February 27, 2011

Perhaps they were all dressed up for your BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! Hope it's being a happy one!!!

Norrel on February 28, 2011

On my birthday they always dress like the one in your picture...

((Ospr3y)) on February 28, 2011

Beautiful capture, Bits-n-Pieces! I missed the loon this year :'(

Like for this handsome fella!

Best Wishes from Georgia, Liam

Closed on March 1, 2011

Bless his looney little heart!

Nicely done Bitsy!

It is extremely hard to capture them.. they are eloonsive :) .. is it worth a groan? LOL

Bits-n-Pieces on March 5, 2011

Thanks Liam - glad you got to see one here at least! Frustrating that there are so many of them around here this time of year, but they stay silent. Sure would be great to hear their calls across the bays.

LOL, Thanks GG!

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  • Uploaded on February 27, 2011
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2011/02/26 16:56:45
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO500
    • Exposure Bias: 0.67 EV
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