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Common loon from Mauricie National Park

Common loon from Mauricie National Park
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): National Parks of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-03 4:45
Viewed: 5627
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a picture of a Common loon taken at the Mauricie National Park in Quebec, Canada. This picture was taken from our canoe.

It is not easy to manage those black and white: we don't want the white burned but we want to distinguish the black tones... Really not evident!

Thank you for commenting it... :-)



Cool Facts

The Common Loon swims underwater to catch fish, propelling itself with its feet. It swallows most of its prey underwater. The loon has sharp, rearward-pointing projections on the roof of its mouth and tongue that help it keep a firm hold on slippery fish.

Migrating Common Loons occasionally land on wet highways or parking lots, mistaking them for rivers and lakes. They become stranded without a considerable amount of open water for a long takeoff. A loon may also get stranded on a pond that is too small.

Loons are water birds, only going ashore to mate and incubate eggs. Their legs are placed far back on their bodies, allowing efficient swimming but only awkward movement on land.

The Common Loon is flightless for a few weeks after molting all of its wing feathers at the same time in midwinter.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-03 5:32]

Hola Michel,
preciosa captura,
buen foco y detalles...
colores magníficos,

Hi Michel

A difficult shot with the choppy water. Good sharpness and exposure. The loons plumage is excellent but it is somewhat lost in the pattern of the waves.


Hi Michel,
Very nice shot especially from your canoe.. They are magnificent i love hearing them on the lake in our area..

Excellent detail.TFS
Best regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-03 6:58]

Salut Michel
Excellente presentation.L'image est bien en focus et le detail du plumage est excellent.J'aime bien les couleurs et la lumiere.
Merci Michel

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-03 13:56]
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Hola Michel.
I been looking The photos in Your galery, and You have a beautiful images here, You shoud be proud of them.
This Duck is new to me, I like birds most of all. I had never seen befor, has a beautiful colors in feathers, and the photo is very sharp
Saludos My friend.

Hi Michael,

Excellent capture of this Common Loon which is here called the Great Northern Diver. I think that makes more justice for this magnificant bird. Great composition and POV, sharp details, good eye contact and nice colours. Very good lighting has recorded the details well.



Bonjour Michel,
Delighted to see your wonderful posting once again after a while! how are you!
Excellent composition of this beautiful Common Loon also the ripples of the water makes it even more outstanding!
a very pleasing presentation from friend in Canada!
take good care and my sincere regards from NZ

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-07-04 0:05]

Hi Michel,
It's a very good looking bird with beautiful plumage. Movement and texture of the water is also lovely. Well composed and exposed. TFS

Hi Michel, what a cute and very beautiful bird, Common loon which I have not seen before. Great shot in all around my friend! TFS this beauty.


What a beautiful bird, Michel!
Nature has a rich treasure and we have not enough of a life time to enjoy it all the way.
This bird is a novelty for me and I love the patterns and colors on it.
The waves and ripples in this picture are beautiful in their own way.
TFS and regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-04 22:49]

Hi Michel.
What an interesting and unusual picture. First I am impressed with surprising water surface reproduction. Fine ripples are amazing. Image of the bird is superb despite the contrast colouration. I like widest DOF and crisp sharpness of the entire scene. Well done and my best regards.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-05 3:52]
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Hi Michel,
Nice to see you back after such a long time, my friend.
Outstanding shot of this cute Common Loon with such lovely colours and sharp details on its plumage. Superb lighting and exposure and the effects on the water is so dramatic and magical. Great view and a great image. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Michel,

Long time no contact:-) i like this beatiful loon on that trembling pond! Love those black strides on the amazing blue. Looks like a labyrinth game to find the way to castle or loon!

Best regards and sincere greetings,

Dear Michel,
graphically exciting structures of waterwaves and the duck's patterns - it looks really surprising when seeing the image full size. I like the strictly limited set of blue, black and white with just one red spot - the eye. And I like the strictly rectangular composition in combination with those blue and black waves. A faszinating image.
Thank you! My best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-29 12:27]

Hello Michel,
Brilliant view of this beautiful Common Loon on the blue rippled water. Great focus on the eye, sharp details and beautiful b/w control.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-31 7:57]

Bonjour Michel! Superbe image du Huard! Photo bien nette et exposition parfaite, bravo et merci!


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