Rising up, drying off

I photographed this loon near Bragg Creek at the end of April. It dove for fish most of the morning – stopping now and then to preen and smooth his feathers. This was my favorite image of him spreading his wings to shake the water off. He was relaxed and serene here. An immature bald eagle swooped low over him a little while later which ended his tranquility. He dove quickly each time the eagle came by so he was not caught. I will share some images of that encounter soon.

11 responses

  1. Great shot!

    May 23, 2023 at 1:37 pm

  2. Wow, this is a stunning capture. Sharp and crisp, and so peaceful with the lighting.

    May 22, 2023 at 12:03 pm

  3. I love that shot of it coming up out of the water with the wings together. I was going to go out to a local lake today but too too smoky.

    May 19, 2023 at 9:51 pm

  4. Judi Martin

    Very tranquil and serene but obviously always on guard for predators. Great picture of early day activities on the water

    May 19, 2023 at 3:40 pm

  5. Beautiful!

    May 19, 2023 at 6:27 am

  6. Another fine example of your photography

    May 19, 2023 at 6:06 am

  7. Wow, what a fantastic image. 🤗 (The eagle encounter sounds challenging—I thought eagles would dive for fish, but not after another bird)

    May 19, 2023 at 5:56 am

    • Thank you! They will hunt birds as well as fish. This eagle buzzed Canada geese, swan and ducks at the far end of this lake for quite a while before coming to harass the loon. It was interesting for sure!

      May 19, 2023 at 8:48 am

      • As birds of prey, I guess if they will take small mammals, birds aren’t off the list 🦅 What an up close nature encounter you had, amazing.

        May 19, 2023 at 9:27 am

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