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Old Aug 13, 2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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These are common loons which summer on the northern lakes (Maine in this case) and then winter on the ocean. This time of year the young are just starting to get about the size of a malard duck and learning to fly. Loons have one or two babies per year and initially carry them on their back, a sight I hope to photograph someday.

These were taken with the E-M1 and the 4/3 Zuiko 70-300mm, using the digital TC. Even at the long end and with the digital TC I had to crop pretty heavily for some of these.

This is a young loon, hatched this year still in it's drab plumage. Right before these were taken one of the eagles was hunting on the lake which caused quite a stir as they will take a young loon if they get the chance. The adults with this loon had moved closer to the area the eagle was in to keep it from seeing the young. For a while this little one was all alone.

P8090016 by ramcewan, on Flickr

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This slightly out of focus shot shows mom back to gather up the baby.

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And here's a couple of the adults in their trademark black and white plumage.

In this shot you can also see the red eyes the adults have.

P7180092 by ramcewan, on Flickr


P7180122 by ramcewan, on Flickr

a cloudy sky blew out the colors on this one

P7190256 by ramcewan, on Flickr
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p.s. here's a sunset from the lake too

Long Lake Sunset by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Hi ramcewan- The black and white patterns on the adults is really quite stunning. It's also interesting how low in the water they ride. I suppose low buoyancy is a plus when diving for food. And I really appreciate the background info that always accompanies your photos.

I'd like to see that sunset photo taken with an ND filter sometime. In that light even a 3 stop filter might turn the lake to glass. It's lovely either way.
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Hi ramcewan- The black and white patterns on the adults is really quite stunning. It's also interesting how low in the water they ride. I suppose low buoyancy is a plus when diving for food. And I really appreciate the background info that always accompanies your photos.
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Fred thanks for checking them out!

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Hi ramcewan- The black and white patterns on the adults is really quite stunning. It's also interesting how low in the water they ride. I suppose low buoyancy is a plus when diving for food. And I really appreciate the background info that always accompanies your photos.

I'd like to see that sunset photo taken with an ND filter sometime. In that light even a 3 stop filter might turn the lake to glass. It's lovely either way.
Yes the loons are actually very good divers with the ability to stay down for a few minutes and "fly" under water to find a fish.

And yes an nd filter for the 9-18 as well as a cpl is on the x-mas list for sure!
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"Common" Loon, not all that common so these are great captures. And your sunset shot, Long Lake, is that way up in Maine, north of Caribou?
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"Common" Loon, not all that common so these are great captures. And your sunset shot, Long Lake, is that way up in Maine, north of Caribou?
Thanks kula! There are two long lakes in Maine, this is the long lake in western Maine in the towns of Naples, bridgton, and Harrison. It connects through brandy pond and the songo river locks to Sebago Lake.
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Awwww. Very nice ramcewan
shots of a loon are on my bucket list
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I actually took a few last weekend but nothing that nice. I really like the one of him from behind where he's looking to the side.
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[img]http://guide.****************/3.jpg[/img] Really like that photo of sunset landscape
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