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Common Loon

Common Loon
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Copyright: Donald Lapointe (hibou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-09 17:36
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
You could see this picture in my identification guide
Initiation aux oiseaux du Québec par la couleur
The Common Loon in summer is very striking with its black-and-white checkered back, glossy black head, white belly and wing lining, and characteristic white necklace around the throat. All loons have greyish feathers in the winter, and immature birds tend to resemble adult birds in winter plumage. The white feathers of the belly and wing linings are present year-round.

Loons’ habit of swimming low in the water helps to distinguish them from other waterbirds, such as ducks and geese. Loons most resemble the grebes, but can be identified by their larger size, thicker necks, and longer bills. In flight, loons can be recognized by their humpbacked profile, with head and neck held low and feet pressed back towards the body and projecting beyond the tail.

Males and females look the same, although males are generally larger. Adults are large-bodied, weighing from 2.7 to over 6.3 kg and measuring almost a metre from bill tip to outstretched feet. The bill is quite large, averaging 75 mm in length, and is black in colour throughout the year.

The skeleton and muscular system are designed for swimming and diving. Loons are streamlined. Their legs are placed far back on their body, allowing for excellent movement in water but making them ungainly on land. The head can be held directly in line with the neck during diving to reduce drag, and the legs have powerful muscles for swimming.


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Bonjour Donald
Ils ne sont pas faciles à photographier surtout que lorsque l'oportunité se présente, oups, ils ont plongés! Jai eu la chance d'en voir beaucoup cet été mais je n'ai pas réussis une si belle prise. Malgré le manque de lumière apparent,les détails sortent bien et on voit même les petites gouttes d'eau et son oeil rouge, bravo!

Very beautiful composition!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-10 7:18]

Hi Donald,

Nice to see once again an upload from your side,well captured with good exposure,a not so common sigted bird on TN,well done and tfs


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-10 19:49]

Salut Donald, excellente capture du Huard, image bien nette et belle pose de l'oiseau! Bravo et merci!


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-09-12 17:04]

Bonjour Donald,
Superbe prise. L'équilibre des nuances du plumage est excellent.
J'espère bien un jour photographier cet oiseau.
Merci pour le partage,

bonjour Donald

superbe image en close du Huard, excellent POV et DOF.
superbe netteté et détails de son plumage, TFS


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-09-15 11:41]

Bonjour Donald,
Il est vraiment superbe ton huard.
J'aime bien la petite touche de bleu au cou, belles couleurs naturelles,
excellente prise de vue.

Hello Donald

A beautiful iconic image of this loon.
The POV is very good.
Excellent plumage detail and pattern.
The detail and focus is very good ,right down to the droplets of water on the loon's head.
Nicely done.


Nice picture.What looks good on water bird.

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