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!
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Coy, great capture! Wonderful shots! After the winter we've all had some part of spring should be early!
Wonderful images. I also enjoy the commentary about your capture.
AS hauntingly beautiful as those calls are,these pictures more than make-up for that.
As usual your photographs are awesome. Makes me wish I were there to see and hear them.
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.
It doesn't get any better!
Beautiful photography, what can i say. amazing
Fantastic images! I really like the first one.
Beautiful pictures. I love loons and will be happy when they return here.
These are just amazing shots, Coy. I would love to get that close to a Loon. No boat. Just marvelous.
Real neat shots Coy.
I like the "another pose"...
Just amazing capture!
Enjoyed catching up. The Loon up with the wings out is a great capture. Blue Skies.
I've seen loons in Minnesota but never in our own PA. I'll have to look harder.
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