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Posted by
Lee (Fort Frances Ontario, Canada) on 22 June 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The Commoon Loon. I'm sure everyone is familiar with it. We all hear the unmistakeable sound of the lonely call at dusk on a quiet night. We watch these birds every dy and marvel at their sleekness and ability to swimm effortlesly. They can dive to great depths and cover remarkable distances under water in a short time. Currently they are sitting on their nests. One or two chicks will hatch from each nest within the next two to three weeks. They are truly a magnificent bird.

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Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful capture

22 Jun 2009 5:05am

@Didier DE ZAN: Thank you

eva from Rouen, France

I love move of winds, lively eye, nice black head, white necklace, and I love wonderful blue water ! Lee, I love this duck ! Thank you !

22 Jun 2009 5:41am

@eva: Thank you Eva. I am glad you enjoyed viewing this shot.

r00t from Csorna, Hungary

great catch, i think i need some more practice :)

22 Jun 2009 5:50am

@r00t: Thank you. I have viewed your work, It may be I who needs the practice.

lydia from Paris, France

........come between my wings !! Superb picture Lee ! I love all the details of the duck !

22 Jun 2009 6:23am

@lydia: Thank you Lydia.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

stunning I geel like I could reach out and touch him

22 Jun 2009 6:36am

@jamesy: Thank you Debbie. I was a little close.

Catherine Biagini from ARLES, France

on dirait qu'il dit : "prends-moi dans tes bras !"
superbe moment ! bravo pour cette capture

22 Jun 2009 7:09am

@Catherine Biagini: Thank you Catherine.

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

Beautiful bird! Great light control and right on focus!

22 Jun 2009 7:40am

@mohkum: They are beautiful birds. I love it when they stand and flap their wings like this. Thank you for the compliment.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Superb shot.. you have captured the moment very nicely.

22 Jun 2009 7:53am

@Sarito: Thank you Sarito.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

What a good shot from this White-billed Diver ! I have seen this wonderful bird in Austria , but he is a rare guest ! Congratulate, Lee !

22 Jun 2009 8:03am

@Loner: Thank you for the compliment. We have a healhty population of loons here Sonja. There is a lake in the area where hundreds of them gather every fall.

Baby Sis from Canada

Beautiful capture. Love the blue of the water.

22 Jun 2009 9:40am

@Baby Sis: Thanks Shelley. Have a great week.

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

Awesome photo from magnificent bird.

22 Jun 2009 10:47am

@Hidalgo: Thank you Hidalgo. I think these birds are very photogenic. I love to hear their call.

Suzanne Labbé from Granby, Canada

WOW ! Great action picture. Bravissimo.

22 Jun 2009 11:07am

@Suzanne Labbé: Thank you very much Suzanne.

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Great capture Lee, I hope you manage to get some pictures of their chicks soon! I've never seen a loon chick before!

22 Jun 2009 11:12am

@Elora: Thank you Elora. I hope I manage some shots of families and chicks also. Usually the 2nd or 3rd week of July we start seeing them. Time will tell. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Excellent capture, Lee. I love these birds -- almost as much as eagles. They are so beautiful and their call so moving.

22 Jun 2009 11:23am

@Lesley: Thank you Lesley. I agree with you whole heartily.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Superbly captured Lee! Great detail and crispness. An alternate title could be "Leader of the Band"! ;-))

22 Jun 2009 12:04pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you Eric. Yes I can see that title, or even Maestro. There could be many alternatives. I have noticed they do this when you approach too close to their territory. Especially if they are nesting close by.

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Beautiful clarity of detail on this Lee and the blue colour is stunning. Very well done.
P.S. I'm ready for tomorrow - Silly Tuesday!

22 Jun 2009 12:48pm

@Sarah: Thank you Sarah. Every now and then I mage to luck out. See you tomorrow.

Kathe from Marquette, Michigan, United States

"Back off, Bub!" ;^)

Awesome shot, Lee.

I'm not seeing as many loons this year. I think their territory - around the lower harbor in particular - is becoming overrun by mergansers and cormorants. Prior to the last two or three years, I had never seen either a merganser or cormorant in that area. Now they're everywhere.

22 Jun 2009 1:19pm

@Kathe: Thank you Kathe. Here there is cormorants galore. And a lot of mergansers also. Fortunately the lakes have a healthy bait fish population. So far the balance is working. Let's hope it continues. I would not want to lose this species for cormorants, pelicans and mergansers.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love loons, I love their sentimental song in the distance, I especially love this outstanding photo, you are sooo amazing!

22 Jun 2009 1:29pm

@Lorraine: Thank you very much for that compliment.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

very nice loon pic. they are hard to shoot.

22 Jun 2009 1:36pm

@Daniel: Thank you Daniel. Yes, they can be challenging to shoot sometimes. But, we have the technology.

Kerri from Blacksburg, United States

Great capture!!

22 Jun 2009 1:40pm

@Kerri: Thank you Kerri. Timing was of the essence on this one.

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

well framed and great timing...

22 Jun 2009 1:48pm

@Vachel: Thank you

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good day Lee,
colorful clear admission that I find very beautiful. Also, the information in the recording is very interesting to read. Congratulations on this beautiful picture.
Greetings Christel

22 Jun 2009 1:49pm

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel. I try to include a little info on each shot I take.

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Oh, its movement is glorious . What a great capture !

22 Jun 2009 1:57pm

@MARIANA: MAny thanks Mariana. It was not an easy task.

kisskool from fontainebleau, France

excellent shoot Lee

22 Jun 2009 2:27pm

@kisskool: Thank you

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Fantastic action!

22 Jun 2009 4:13pm

@Tracy: Thank you Tracy.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Great catch Lee..... unfortunately, I don't think we have loons down here in Florida.... so will rely on you to supply a dose of them whenever the mood hits you!!!

22 Jun 2009 6:21pm

@Susan: Thank you Susan. I will keep that in mind. Seems one can never go to wrong with Loons. We'll see what the future holds. Take care.

amirreza from tehran, Iran

nice hunting
well done

22 Jun 2009 7:01pm

@amirreza: Thank you.

Vinay from Bangalore, India

Wow is the word that comes to my mouth when I see this picture.. truly amazing capture... and thank you very much for the explanation too.

22 Jun 2009 7:08pm

@Vinay: Thank you very much for the compliment.

Ca†≈ from Ouchy, Switzerland

Light, colours, details... every thing is perfect.
Realy a big pleasure.

22 Jun 2009 9:05pm

@Ca†≈: Many Many thanks. This shot did not come easy.

Denise from Duncannon, United States

Unbelievable. Such clarity!

22 Jun 2009 9:22pm

@Denise: Thank you Denise. I appreciate your compliment.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Dynamite capture. Denise is right on!!

22 Jun 2009 9:48pm

@john4jack: Thank you Jack.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Another National Geographic shot! ;-)

22 Jun 2009 11:58pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Many Many thanks my friend. I appreciate your kind words.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I love the action shot instead of him just floating on the water!

23 Jun 2009 3:49am

@B. Thomas: Thanks Barbara. Have a great day.

Amandine from Sarrouilles, France

what a nice bird ! and excellent capture

23 Jun 2009 7:14am

@Amandine: Thank you. Take care. We'll talk when you are settled. Hope all goes well.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Wow - this one is fantastic! Great job! Should be on a calendar

23 Jun 2009 6:04pm

@PD: Thank you. You never know, just might be on next years calendar.

Claude B from MONT DE MARSAN, France

superbe ce cliché d'une grande netteté, et ce bleu une merveille
bonne journée

24 Jun 2009 5:28am

@Claude B: Thank you very much.