Hi. It's hard to find or hear loons predictably anymore, and so I was breathless one early morning when I ventured out in the canoe with my camera in the Lanark Highlands, in Ontario. This beautiful bird appears to be nobly fixed upon a pool of liquid gold in the early morning sunlight, appropriately so for the Great Northern Loon (Gavia immer).
I agree, they are not as common as they use to be. Great find!
I did see a little family this summer, on a lake near here. The last time I had seen some, was about 20 years ago. What I've been seeing on the lakes around here were mostly Merganser, Mallards, Goldeneyes, Wood ducks and Ring-necked, and Black ducks. So I was very please to see the Loon.
I really thought they were more plentiful up North. I guess not. I rarely see one here in Maryland and only then as they are passing through. I seem to recall they were more plentiful on one of my visits to Maine years ago. A beautiful bird ...
I did read recently that The Common Loon is considered a Species of Special Concern in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, but listed as Endangered in Vermont and Threatened in New Hampshire and Michigan.