A Lone Loon

Several days ago, I noticed a different, lone water bird swimming towards me on Cambridge Creek.  It was a Common Loon.  A nice migrating visitor!

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Common Loon

 

As I took a few photos, out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of another bird flying by and I changed aim.

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Great Blue Heron Fly-By

 

Oh, get both in one shot!

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Most definitely not the image I was trying for!  Ha Ha!

 

After the Great Blue Heron commotion, the Common Loon continued its course, heading towards and into the marina in front of me.

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Marina’s pier pilings & electric power stations reflecting around the Common Loon

 

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Common Loon

 

The loon was on the other side and began diving, then resurfacing.  I stepped inside and watched, hoping it would come over to my side.

For several minutes I watched the loon making its way around the marina.  He/she finally popped up below me.

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Common Loons have beautiful red eyes

 

Right after the above shot, it dove again.  I went back inside and left the Common Loon to its fishing.

Cool Fact:  A Common Loon can dive as deep as 180 feet and, although dives usually average under a minute, loons have been known to stay underwater for as long as 15 minutes.

 

 

26 thoughts on “A Lone Loon

  1. I love these photos, well done! Photo two shows the Winglets at the end of the bird’s wings. Mankind recently began adding this aerodynamic shape too our aircraft which reduces drag. Birds are smarter than hoomans. ❤️

  2. I like your sense of humour with the flubbed shots as much as the ones that are “correct.” Interesting to see the lonn when it is not in breeding plumage. Happy shooting!

    • Thank you Jane, I love to pass on a chuckle or two once in a while. 😊 Yes, you send the loons to us in a more mundane coloring. In breeding plumage, they are amazing!!

  3. Marvelous catches again! Love the reflections and the red eyes. Trying to remember where it was on a recent trip I heard the loons calling. That’s a thrill!

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