Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Calendar Loon

The loon is the state bird of Minnesota. Its haunting call can be heard across lakes across most of the state. This particular loon was photographed at Crex Meadows Wildlife Management Area in neighboring Wisconsin. I took quite a few pics as the loon spent the morning fishing. Loons are efficient divers because, unlike most birds, they do not have hollow bones. This makes them less buoyant, so that it is easier for them to dive, but it also makes them heavier so they need a longer run way to get up into the air.

10 comments:

2sweetnsaxy said...

What a great shot! Look at the beads of water on its head. Gorgeous!

Photo By Manka said...

Great shot of the loon.

/Magnus

Artlover said...

Great shot of your loon.

ewok1993 said...

Very nicely captured. I'm an idiot when it comes to birding so can you tell me if loons can be seen in California?

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shot of the Loon!

Carolyn Ford said...

Wow! What an amazing bird...common, you say...I guess I have never seen a loon out here in California. What a beauty it is!

J Bar said...

That's an unusual bird to me.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

tinasphotoblog said...

It´s interesting to see new birds, I don´t think we have such a bird in Sweden. Great photo! :)

Kathiesbirds said...

What a sleek profile that bird has! I miss them from when I lived in Maine! I haven't heard that haunting cry in awhile.

Ladynred said...

What a beautiful loon. I want to shoot one!