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I was fortunate this summer to be able to photograph two species of Loons. One was my usual work with common loons in the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY. But I was also able to photograph Red-throated loons in breeding plumage on nesting habitat as well. Special experience.
I'll split into two posts. Common Loons (Gavia immer) here and Red-throated in the next.
Comments and critiques welcome.
Bruce






1. Common Loon and Chick in the morning fog.

  Canon EOS R5    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/5.0    1/1250s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







2. The Good Life

  Canon EOS R3    RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/800s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  







3. Common Loon Chick feeding

  Canon EOS R3    RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







4. Common Loon Breakfast in Bed

  Canon EOS R5    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/5.0    1/1250s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







5. Common Loon Chicks peeking from underwing

  Canon EOS R3    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/5.6    1/640s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  







6. Yawning Common Loon Chick

  Canon EOS R3    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/5.6    1/640s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  







7. Big fish for little bird

  Canon EOS R5    RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/1000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  







8. Peaceful Common Loon Morning

  Canon EOS R5    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/5.0    1/800s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







9. Sibling Common Loons

  Canon EOS R3    RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens    363mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  







10. Common Loon in foggy sunrise

  Canon EOS R5    RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens    428mm    f/6.3    1/2000s    2500 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Sep 02, 2023 at 07:18 AM
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These are off the chart good, and the intimate moments of loon parenting should be in a husbandry text book. Just awesome, thanks for sharing, great work!
Eric



Sep 02, 2023 at 07:23 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Two Loon Species


And a set of Red-throated Loons (Gavia stellata)








11. Red-throated Loon

  Canon EOS R5    RF600mm F4 L IS USM + EXTENDER RF1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  







12. Red-throated Loon landing

  Canon EOS R3    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/4000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







13. Red-throated Loon with Chick

  Canon EOS R3    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







14. Red-throated Loon chick

  Canon EOS R5    RF600mm F4 L IS USM + EXTENDER RF1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  







15. Red-throated Loon with chick

  Canon EOS R5    RF600mm F4 L IS USM + EXTENDER RF1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  







16. Red-throated Loon chick begging

  Canon EOS R3    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







17. Red-throated Loon flapping

  Canon EOS R5    RF600mm F4 L IS USM + EXTENDER RF1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/2500s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  







18. Red-throated Loon landing

  Canon EOS R5    RF600mm F4 L IS USM + EXTENDER RF1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  







19. Red-throated Loon landing

  Canon EOS R3    EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    420mm    f/4.0    1/3200s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Sep 02, 2023 at 07:24 AM
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Erictator wrote:
These are off the chart good, and the intimate moments of loon parenting should be in a husbandry text book. Just awesome, thanks for sharing, great work!
Eric


Thank you very much Eric. You commented before I got the Red-throated photos posted in the thread. Hope you get to see them.
Bruce



Sep 02, 2023 at 07:27 AM
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Oh yes, and the same workmanship and appeal applies here. What a unique opportunity to have both. Very cool indeed. 😎 I'm always intrigued by variations yet similar behavioral traits.
Eric



Sep 02, 2023 at 07:33 AM
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A delight to view Bruce. I love all the interaction

Morris



Sep 02, 2023 at 08:12 AM
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This is an amazing set of images... Your work with the common loons is top notch. The many photos of chick riding a parent, as well as chicks being fed make this set special.
I am curious... did you shoot the Red-throated loons in Adirondacks as well? I thought that they breed in the arctic... regardless, you definitely made the most of your opportunity.

bruce



Sep 02, 2023 at 08:33 AM
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Erictator wrote:
Oh yes, and the same workmanship and appeal applies here. What a unique opportunity to have both. Very cool indeed. 😎 I'm always intrigued by variations yet similar behavioral traits.
Eric


Yes, it was fascinating to see the similarities and differences in behavior.
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morris wrote:
A delight to view Bruce. I love all the interaction

Morris


I love to watch all the interactions too! Often, I find myself ignoring the camera just to watch. Appreciate the commment. BTW, I was able to spend an evening/AM on your Nickerson Beach this summer too - always enjoy seeing your work from there.
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OwlsEyes wrote:
This is an amazing set of images... Your work with the common loons is top notch. The many photos of chick riding a parent, as well as chicks being fed make this set special.
I am curious... did you shoot the Red-throated loons in Adirondacks as well? I thought that they breed in the arctic... regardless, you definitely made the most of your opportunity.

bruce


I appreciate your kind words. I photographed the Red-throateds in Iceland.
Bruce (too)



Sep 02, 2023 at 10:38 AM
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Excellent work on these,Bruce.


Sep 02, 2023 at 11:08 AM
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Top notch work, what an excellent set of images!!


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Bruce,

Both sequences are magnificent, well done

Chris S.



Sep 02, 2023 at 12:16 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Two Loon Species


These are wonderful. Never seen loons like the second set. Pretty!




Sep 02, 2023 at 01:19 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Two Loon Species


What beautiful quality images. Vey nice work.

Gord



Sep 02, 2023 at 04:34 PM
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simply marvelous. How did you get such low angles at close proximity. I know it is extremely difficult to get close to the red throated loons.


Sep 02, 2023 at 06:08 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Two Loon Species


Great set of images. I was also going to ask what position you were in to take them.


Sep 02, 2023 at 06:56 PM
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Beautiful images, especially the common loons. Your love for them shows in these images!

Bob



Sep 02, 2023 at 08:01 PM
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Beautiful post, Bruce.

You had great subjects and elements to work with. I like your compositions and use / management of light in all of these.

TFS

Kim



Sep 03, 2023 at 03:09 AM
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Beautiful shots ! I hope someday to get images like yours ! On my bucket list for sure.

John



Sep 03, 2023 at 04:35 AM
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These are absolutely wonderful, Bruce!
Douglas



Sep 03, 2023 at 06:22 AM
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psharvic wrote:
Excellent work on these,Bruce.


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louie champan wrote:
Top notch work, what an excellent set of images!!


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csinseattle wrote:
Bruce,

Both sequences are magnificent, well done

Chris S.


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Tyr-Sog wrote:
These are wonderful. Never seen loons like the second set. Pretty!



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gcooke0522 wrote:
What beautiful quality images. Vey nice work.

Gord


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Bobg657 wrote:
Beautiful images, especially the common loons. Your love for them shows in these images!

Bob


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wonderer wrote:
Beautiful post, Bruce.

You had great subjects and elements to work with. I like your compositions and use / management of light in all of these.

TFS

Kim


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johnohio wrote:
Beautiful shots ! I hope someday to get images like yours ! On my bucket list for sure.

John


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douter wrote:
These are absolutely wonderful, Bruce!
Douglas


I very much appreciate these generous comments from all of you. Thanks for taking your time to look and comment.



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