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Old Sep 1, 2014, 2:01 PM   #1
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Default Mother Common Loon feeding Fledgling

As the summer nears an end the family of common loons that we have seen this summer is eager to grow up the fledgling and get ready to migrate to the sea for the winter.

Yesterday I was able to watch and capture as the mother loon caught fish and holding them in it's mouth fed them to the fledgling. It was a very special thing to watch and I hope you enjoy this sequence.

Taken with Olympus OM-D EM-1 and Olympus 70-300mm.


Mother Loon with Fish by ramcewan, on Flickr

Mother Loon giving fish to Fledgling by ramcewan, on Flickr

Fledgling eating fish by ramcewan, on Flickr

Mother and Fledgling by ramcewan, on Flickr
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Beautiful, ramcewan. I really like the first one with the minnow in her beak. But better yet, the whole series captures a touching exchange not often photographed.
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Beautiful, ramcewan. I really like the first one with the minnow in her beak. But better yet, the whole series captures a touching exchange not often photographed.
Thanks chiPersei, I would not hesitate to say that first shot is one if not the best capture I have had of a loon. They happened to be in really close to shore fishing which meant this has minimal cropping.
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P.S. here is a sunset shot with the 14mm Lumix using both my ND8 and ND4 Hoya filters stacked to increase exposure time.

Sunset long exposure by ramcewan, on Flickr


And a shot with the 9-18mm after sunset when the moon was low in the sky and some fireworks were being shot off on the opposite side of the lake. Wished this was sharper, had a tough time getting focus, still haven't figured out where the magnify button is on the EM1. Tips on these types of shots would be great. I feel like the scene was there but I didn't nail it, at all.

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Wow, ramcewan. Those last 2 shots are impressive. The sunset has great color and sky (not to mention the lake). And there's a lot going on in the after dark photo with the stars, lights and glitter paths of both the moon and fireworks. BTW- Judging by Scorpius your latitude is not too different than mine.

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Thanks again chiPersei. Yes this was taken pretty close to the 44th parallel north which passes through Oregon and Maine as well as a number of other states in between including all of those in the Northeast that border on Canada (NY, VT, NH, ME).
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Thanks again chiPersei. Yes this was taken pretty close to the 44th parallel north which passes through Oregon and Maine as well as a number of other states in between including all of those in the Northeast that border on Canada (NY, VT, NH, ME).
The 45th parallel (half way between the Equator and the North Pole) runs just a few miles north of Salem.
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Great loon shots ramcewan
the first one is Fantastic
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Oooouuu the sunset shots
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Those are all really nice shots.
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Y'all are talking mostly about stuff I've no knowledge of, 'Scorpions & such'
but the loon I know about and the series there is very good.

I absolutely love it when I make a file of pure nature in the happening and these qualify, I am happy you saw it and save it.

Also, the sunset/dock is a very well done image that I like a bunch.
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