Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Loons Return

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.
Another pose

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!



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15 comments:

Robin said...

Coy, great capture! Wonderful shots! After the winter we've all had some part of spring should be early!

Lois Evensen said...

Wonderful images. I also enjoy the commentary about your capture.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

AS hauntingly beautiful as those calls are,these pictures more than make-up for that.
Ruth

Leedra said...

As usual your photographs are awesome. Makes me wish I were there to see and hear them.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Coy, your loons a stunning! I was out by the reservoir today and saw a loon in the water. I didn't even know we had them here! I am looking forward to going back again this week in hopes of photographing it.

Willard said...

It doesn't get any better!

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

Beautiful photography, what can i say. amazing

Elaine said...

Fantastic images! I really like the first one.

Bill S. said...

Beautiful pictures. I love loons and will be happy when they return here.

Montanagirl said...

These are just amazing shots, Coy. I would love to get that close to a Loon. No boat. Just marvelous.

imac said...

Real neat shots Coy.

Carol said...

I like the "another pose"...

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Just amazing capture!

Ken Conger Photography said...

Enjoyed catching up. The Loon up with the wings out is a great capture. Blue Skies.

Meggie said...

I've seen loons in Minnesota but never in our own PA. I'll have to look harder.