Friday, February 27, 2009

Forgotten Photo Friday, Red-throated Loon

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

It’s hard to believe that I’m still posting photos from our trip to California over the Christmas break. This is a Red-throated Loon that we came upon. He was hunting in the surf of the beach.

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse
In this last photo, he is beginning a lung to dive down into the surf.

7 comments:

Kallen305 said...

Great photos. I really like the 1st one where you can see some remnants that appear to be frozen water.

Eve said...

Love the pre-dive shot Steve!

A New England Life said...

Loons in salt water? I had no idea. I like the 3rd shot as he looks quite inquisitive.

Keep on working that California visit! Glad you have so much to share Steve!

Kelly said...

Gorgeous! I've never seen a Red-throated Loon. Love the angle of the head in the 2nd to last photo.

Steve B said...

Hi Kim,
I was shooting towards the sun (horror of horrors!) so I had lots of shutter speed. This froze everything very nicely. (It was a balmy 53 deg F.) There was some mild surf, so it created some nice bubbles.

Hi Eve, Me to. I've tried shooting diving ducks and they always come out stupid looking. This one is a keeper.

Sharon, oh yes! We have lots of Common Loons in Gloucester! I saw a lot in the harbors below York Harbor Inn when I went up a couple of days ago.

Hi Kelly, you have to get to the sea coast. They winter along the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. For the second shot, I caught him on the crest of the wave bringing him higher. I couldn't sit and kneel on the beach because we weren't near a washing machine! So I let the surf work for me.

Tabib said...

Yes, very nice bubble/foam that look solid ice in the 1st pic.
Great timing in the last pic.

Jenny said...

Hi Steve, first and last photos are great. First one with the sun on it's back is lovely and the action shot, as you say, is a keeper. One to go up on the wall in my opinion!

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