11 thoughts on “July 2020-30221Gorga”

  1. At 1st I didn’t see the baby and loved just the 1 loon captured. But the baby brings another story to the photo. Great capture!

  2. The contrast and pattern of the feathers are enhanced by the softness of the background. I didn’t notice the baby until I read the previous comment, but thanks to Valerie for pointing that out. Great shot of Mama and baby loon.

  3. If it’s going to be cropped to this field of view, I like the yellow flower. Otherwise, I think the background would border on being too bland.
    On the other hand, what really fascinates me about this photo is the patterns of the feathers. I’d like to see these birds closer up.

    1. Getting a closer view is not likely… this photo is a very mild crop of an exposure made with a 600 mm lens.

      These birds are fairly skittish.

      The only time you get really close is when they come up from I dive near your boat. But they don’t stay on the surface for long.

  4. I Like the accent of the yellow flower in the background. I too love the pattern of the feathers…such interesting patterns and at this angle you seem to have caught them all. Nicely done.

    1. OK… here is the story.

      This year was the fourth time in five years that we had a pair of loons nest on Gregg Lake in Antrim. In each of the previous three attempts, the nest failed. Thus these chicks (there are two) were the first loons born on Gregg Lake in living memory… I have an eighty six year-old friend who has lived near by his entire life who can not recall seeing nesting loons.

      I am happy to report that the two chicks are still alive and doing well as I write. Thus it is lilkely that they will eventually fledge.

      More photos and story on my blog, see: http://gorga.org/blog/?tag=loons

  5. Great loon shot and a great job processing. Their white feathers tend to wash out, but these are perfect. FYI, no telling if the adult is a male or female.

    1. Yup… making photos of a black and white bird is always a challenge!

      Having the right light helps…thin overcast is ideal.

      One underexposes so as not to blowout the white feathers and then raises the shadows to try and get some detail in the black feathers. If the light is too bright/harsh it becomes impossible.

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