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Today I got my first look at this years loon family. This year there is only one chick where as last year there were two. These were taken from my kayak on a lake near Whitehorse.




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  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +2x III lens    800mm    f/9.0    1/400s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens    400mm    f/8.0    1/800s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens    400mm    f/8.0    1/800s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM +2x III lens    800mm    f/11.0    1/640s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/800s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/800s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/800s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens    400mm    f/8.0    1/500s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jul 04, 2017 at 02:52 AM
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While every one of these are great loon images that illustrates the beauty, form and behavior of loons, picture number 1 is nature art. The peak-a-boo chick is a masterful image. Your choice in composition is so captivating...

Nothing but envy, jealousy and admiration here, bravo!

bruce



Jul 04, 2017 at 02:58 AM
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What a magnificent set !! Lovely work.

Birdie



Jul 04, 2017 at 03:14 AM
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Wonderful- thanks for sharing.


Jul 04, 2017 at 03:51 AM
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Awesome, Geoff.

Pius



Jul 04, 2017 at 05:08 AM
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What a set! The 4th one feeding the chick on the parent's back is sublime.
I just wish the first one had a tad more DOF but little else to critique.



Jul 04, 2017 at 07:15 AM
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What a set! The 4th one feeding the chick on the parent's back is sublime.
I just wish the first one had a tad more DOF but little else to critique.



Jul 04, 2017 at 07:15 AM
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Fantastic! How does one choose from this this group? They are all outstanding. 4 & 5 if I had to choose.


Jul 04, 2017 at 09:17 AM
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excellent set Geoff


Jul 04, 2017 at 09:18 AM
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Love the at their level aspect. Gets my vote.


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Fine work, Geoff.


Jul 04, 2017 at 11:31 AM
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Fine work, Geoff.


Jul 04, 2017 at 11:32 AM
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A delight to view Geoff. 1, 4 - 6 are my picks from this top notch set

Morris



Jul 04, 2017 at 11:56 AM
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Great set Geoff, but if all of these birds have only one offspring per year that makes it, it doesn't bode well for the species.
Douglas



Jul 04, 2017 at 12:26 PM
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Wow!

Beautiful wildlife photography! Perfect lighting! Great story/loon documentation.

I see behavioral similarities between your loons and the ones here.

Your entire set here is exciting and most interesting.

Looking forward to updates on your loon family's progress throughout this summer.

Robert
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The 2017 nest here in Maine I was watching failed mid-June. I believe it was due to the loons' choices/biology and not people. I just accepted it and wrote it up. Next year will add new knowledge and reasons usually become clearer with time.



Jul 04, 2017 at 12:59 PM
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Fabulous images Geoff! Really caught the bond and a delicate part of nature.

#3 for me is quite special, all the attention goes to the little one with the parent turning in the 'away' position but you did great to catch that eye too, that shot rocks
#7 is sweet
#8 I like it but the bottom area OOF does tend to take away from the eye impact, this could be one to crop out just up to the sharp area of feathering and make it a stunning head shot

Great set, you got my vote!
Karl



Jul 04, 2017 at 01:31 PM
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Jul 04, 2017 at 01:43 PM
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douter wrote:
Great set Geoff, but if all of these birds have only one offspring per year that makes it, it doesn't bode well for the species.
Douglas


Thanks Douglas,

Humans only average less than 2 offspring per lifetime so I think 1 a year could still keep this population going. We all know how well humans have overpopulated this planet. Granted we have a much higher success rate but still. Last year they had 2 that I watched grow to full sized juveniles. I have no idea if there were two eggs this year or not and if there were 2 I don't know what happened to the other one. I checked the empty nest and no eggs were there. This chick is only about 1 week old so whatever happened would have happened recently unless the egg was predated on earlier on the nest.



Jul 04, 2017 at 04:00 PM
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Jul 04, 2017 at 04:06 PM
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Super duper set, Geoff! You had to know that #1 was a special image the moment you pressed the shutter! One of your best sets, ever. Voted


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