Common loon and chick

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Allan, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. I had a chance to use my kayak with my wife and friends yesterday. We went to a lake and enjoyed finding a pair of loons with a pair of chicks. What really got interesting was when another male showed up. There was a big fight to drive it away - by both parents.
    If you know loons then you know they need a lot of open water to get a running start before they can get airborne. It was a funny sight to watch each loon trying to get into the air and be higher than its adversary. The action, unfortunately, was too far away to bother trying to photograph - it lasted almost a half hour before the odd male was driven off.
    Here are 3 of the shots I was able to take.



  2. Nice Capture Allan
  3. Glacier


    Jan 17, 2006
    Boaz, Alabama
    Beautifully done! These birds are high on my list for someday in the future.
  4. WOW!!!! I would love to be able to get that close!

  5. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Great shots
  6. very nice!! the last is especially good
  7. Lovely captures, Allan.
  8. Nice shots Allen.

  9. Thanks everyone. I enjoy watching loons throughout hte year. During the fight to drive off the odd male, both parents left the two checks and perhaps went a good 1/2 mile away for 15 + minutes. I had not seen that before.
  10. DNAsiRNA


    Nov 27, 2006
    Dallas, USA
    Very nice shooting. Excellent moments.
  11. Allan, that's just great. Tha second shot is priceless!
  12. Very nice captures, Allan!
  13. There are always shots you miss. The one I saw but did not have my camera up to my eye was when a chick flapped its wings and "stood" vertical in the pond for a second.
  14. These are excellent!! Well done!!!
  15. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    I agree with everyone else here. Excellent series Allan.
  16. Well done Allan. Beautiful shots and so close. Love the babies.
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