Loons Times Two and Razorbills
I got to do a little birding during a recent visit to Ocean City, Maryland. There were about a dozen or so Common Loons quite busy diving for food at the Inlet. I got lucky that a few came close enough for me to get some close-ups.
A gentlemen with an exceptional scope was watching me photograph the Common Loons and came over to ask if I saw the lone Red-throated Loon out in the distance. I hadn’t and was quite thankful as it was a lifer for me! Of course, I took some photos, all the while hoping he’d come nearer. He eventually surfaced close enough for me to snap a few close-ups.
The gentleman was also excited to show me a rare sighting of a pair of Razorbills out in the distance at the point of the Inlet’s jetty. Wow, another lifer! Here’s where we all say, “Now if only I had had a bigger lens!” Both heavily cropped and exposure-edited to share with you, and still not the greatest, but I did see them through the gentleman’s scope for confirmation.
Razorbills are Artic diving birds, wintering only as far south as Virginia. I felt extremely lucky to see this rare sighting.
And boy, was I ever thankful to have met this gentleman!