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Common Loon

Common Loon
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Copyright: Varahram Hemmati (vhemmati) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 63] (407)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-22 12:28
Viewed: 3910
Points: 2
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I spotted thus beautiful loon in a lake near Ottawa, Canada. I really admire this amazing bird. I love the sound they make too. Here is more on the bird from Wikipedia:

The loons (e.g. North America) or divers (e.g. UK/Ireland) are a group of aquatic birds found in many parts of North America and northern Europe. A loon is the size of a large duck or small goose, which it somewhat resembles in shape when swimming.

he European name "diver" comes from the bird's habit of catching fish by swimming calmly along the surface and then abruptly plunging into the water. The North American name loon comes from the bird's haunting, yodeling cry.

Loons are excellent swimmers, using their feet to propel themselves above and under water and their wings for assistance. Because their feet are far back on the body, loons are poorly adapted to moving on land. They usually avoid going onto land, except when nesting.

All loons are decent fliers, though the larger species have some difficulty taking off and thus must swim into the wind to pick up enough velocity to get airborne. Only the Red-throated Diver can take off from land. Once airborne, their considerable stamina allows them to migrate long distances southwards in winter, where they reside in coastal waters. Loons can live as long as 30 years.

The Common Loon is the provincial bird of Ontario and is depicted on the Canadian one-dollar coin, which has come to be known affectionately as the "loonie".[17] It is also the official state bird of Minnesota,[18] and Mercer, Wisconsin promotes itself as the "Loon Capital of the World".[19] Loons are mentioned several times in the film On Golden Pond.

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Terrific! They are simply amazing and beautiful. There's nesting loons on our lake and roped off for protection while nesting.. I take my kayak out hoping for a good image and yet to succeed.. I really appreciate your shot..
Well seen and taken!

Best regards,

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