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Erestorfan
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This was another of the wonderful creatures we enjoyed while camping...a Loon. They are such beautiful birds, even though they are only black and white. If you have never heard the call of a loon, it is one of the most haunting sounds you have probably ever heard. We heard them during the night, the one on our smaller lake calling to one on up larger, upper lake. They feed on small fish and crayfish.

Another interesting fact about loons is that once they hatch they never return to land. Their legs are too weak to support them. When they nest they make mats of grass and vegetation that floats on the water. For a little while after they hatch the babies will ride on the back of one of the parents' backs. Remarkable birds!
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Jun 13, 2010 10:24:22 am
You know, with just a bit of a blur and some grainyness added, this could pass for that famous picture of the Loch Ness monster. Beautiful picture Holly.

by Raddar Homepage »

Jun 13, 2010 10:33:24 am
Love these birds! It was fun seeing and hearing them again this trip.
If anyone wants to hear what the sound like you can do a web search for loon sounds and listen to their calls Nice shot Hon.

by mrestey Homepage »

Jun 13, 2010 11:03:28 am
Excellent capture! I've never seen one yet for myself, would love to. :)

by kbrog Homepage »

Jun 13, 2010 11:05:52 am
Wonderful shot Holly. I can remember falling a sleep listening to them while we were camping. We use to look foward to it each night.

by willpee Homepage »

Jun 13, 2010 11:12:46 am
Great capture and interesting information!

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Jun 13, 2010 11:28:09 am
I love this picture

by Texas3D Homepage »

Jun 13, 2010 12:05:40 pm
Nice!

by shadownet Homepage »

Jun 13, 2010 11:21:52 pm
Fantastic capture and liked the Loch Ness monster comment.

Dana

by danapommet Homepage »

Jun 14, 2010 1:20:42 am
Nice shot! Not just black and white though, they have red eyes.

by whaleman Homepage »

Jun 14, 2010 9:22:25 am
wonderful picture!!

by flavia49 Homepage »

Jun 16, 2010 6:12:38 am
Wonderful capture!

by DananJaya_Chef Homepage »

Jun 16, 2010 11:21:59 am
Wow!

by Alex_Antonov Homepage »

Jun 23, 2010 4:34:03 am
It is a joy to see this picture. He looks well fed, he is almost sinking in the water. This species is known as a Diver, in europe. This is the Great Northern Diver to us and is very rare in the UK. I have never seen one and I am a very keen bird watcher, it's on my maybe once in a lifetime list. You are lucky to see them so close. I have seen it's relative the Red Throated Diver but only once.

by kaward Homepage »

Jun 25, 2010 9:16:24 am
Excellent shot. I like the mood you captured.

by Hendesse Homepage »

Jul 3, 2010 12:47:35 pm
Excellent silhouette !

by moochagoo Homepage »

Jul 3, 2010 8:19:56 pm
Not drowning...amazing how they move forward - half submerged,
your camping adventure sounds pretty good to me, I have never ever seen one before, so thanks for all the other info.
very Zen-like,
*BB*

by blondeblurr Homepage »

Jul 6, 2010 4:18:46 pm
beautiful capture.

by tennesseecowgirl Homepage »

Jul 7, 2010 1:44:49 am
Oh,it's very nice to see ;)))

by Rima555 Homepage »

Jul 13, 2010 2:59:42 am
I have heard the Loon calls, and I agree they are haunting. My most favoured bird sound this side of the Atlantic is the haunting call of the Buzzard, a beautiful hawk.
The information you provide with the image is really interesting. Thank you for posting this. ^=^

by lick.a.witch Homepage »

Sep 12, 2010 11:10:39 pm
Wonderful capture!

by junge1 Homepage »

Nov 21, 2010 5:03:55 pm
Wonderful capture!

by mariogiannecchini Homepage »

Nov 23, 2010 1:01:54 am
Really beautiful scene! Beautiful capture.

by fu-minn Homepage »

Nov 26, 2010 3:27:37 pm
What a remarkable shot, with such wonderful textures in B/W.
Together it gives a wonderful pattern to look at!
p.s. thank you so much for your enthusiastic words in Dutch. Very nice and great to receive, and read for me. :)

by dochtersions Homepage »

Dec 20, 2010 9:03:16 am
amazing shot! very beautiful. it reminds me of the monster of loch ness :) we have loons around here too, their sound is amazing indeed. lovely birds and very cute when they're young too :)

by Rose-Lignes Homepage »

Jan 2, 2011 11:58:20 am
Lovely image and great narrative!

Happy 2011!!!!!!!!!!

by 0rest4wicked Homepage »

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