Earlier than expected, I encountered my first loon of the year this morning
Actually I was expecting to see the loon today as I had stopped by the lake on my way home from work yesterday and observed a lone loon swimming near the middle. Normally I spot my first loons here during the first or second week of April. Returning this morning before sunrise I launched the boat in anticipation of getting some "on the water" shots of migrating waterfowl.
I spotted the single loon shortly after sunrise I was pleased to see it swim close by a boat carrying fishermen. I felt confidant that if it would approach them without concern that it should allow me to approach it within reasonable camera range. After maneuvering the boat around to take advantage of a good lighting angle I made my approach. The loon did not seem concerned with my presence, preening and resting for some time. Finally after 15-20 minutes with me being very near, the loon stood and stretched its wings.
Following a good stretch the loon looked me over and then resumed fishing as I moved on in search of other transient waterfowl.
The only thing missing from this morning's loon encounter was hearing the loon's lonesome call, not once during the morning did I hear this loon call!