Common loon cleaning

This loon had a small lake to himself a week ago. After swimming around a small island once, he decided to preen. I am used to this being a relatively short session that ends with the stretch out of the water as in the image above. This time was very different and saw the bird splash, skim, dunk and flap for 15 minutes. I’m guilty of thinking that he was having great fun during his bath time. While this is not unusual behavior for loons, it was new to me for the amount of time and the exuberance displayed.

I had a great time was watching and enjoyed looking for dynamic images that I have never had the opportunity to photograph before. The head emerging from the water, wings outstretched perpendicular to the water, surface skimming while beating droplets into a fury around him were among my favorite moments. Here are a few of the images that put a smile on my face when I reviewed them a couple of days after the encounter.

6 responses

  1. Great series of stop-action photos.

    May 12, 2021 at 2:35 pm

  2. Fabulous captures and what a fun encounter!

    May 12, 2021 at 2:27 pm

  3. I Love this photo!

    May 11, 2021 at 1:46 pm

  4. My favorite bird beautifully captured. 🙂

    May 11, 2021 at 5:10 am

  5. Excellent.

    May 11, 2021 at 1:25 am

  6. All such wonderful images. They put a smile on my face too. 🙂

    May 11, 2021 at 12:41 am

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