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Bird Watching: The Loon I Met

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Toronto area, ON
(Zone 5b)

October 14, 2012
1:15 PM

Post #9304913

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).

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Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

October 17, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9307958

Congratulations on finding this beauty and getting such a pretty capture of it.
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

October 17, 2012
9:08 PM

Post #9308536

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.
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 18, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #9309051

How nice. I love loons, especially their haunting and beautiful sound.
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2012
1:12 PM

Post #9312369

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.

Nice early morning photo.

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