Saturday, July 12, 2008

Common Loon in flight

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
-Albert Einstein



15 comments:

The Birdlady said...

Oh my - those are beautiful!

kjpweb said...

This green stripe is gorgeous - maybe they fly to the Opera - all dressed up! ;)
Cheers, Klaus

Naturegirl said...

No ordinary loon...they are all SPECIAL! From one who seldom sees one.sigh NG

Texas Travelers said...

The whole series on Loons has been great. Great photos and titles.

thanks for the visit,
Troy and Martha

Richard said...

Great flight pictures and I learned something new. Didn't know about the green band. Guess I'll have to pay more attention but then I normally see them flying away from me so the band wouldn't be showing.

NCmountainwoman said...

Great shots of such beautiful birds.

Wren said...

You are so lucky to have loons. I've been in Michigan 2 years and have yet to see one.

I found your blog on Sandpiper's blog roll. I'm always looking for other Michigan bloggers.

Shellmo said...

Birdlady - I think I'm becoming quite biased that I think they are one of the most beautiful birds!

KJ - A perfect analogy - he is certainly dressed for the opera!

Naturegirl - My sentiments exactly - it's thrilling everytime I can see one.

Texas - gald you enjoyed it!

Richard - Also depending on how the sun is hitting them. Sometimes their eyes seem so crimson red - and then I look again and they're black.

NC - many thanks!

Wren - thank you for the visit -always happy to hear from a fellow michigander! We aren't lucky enough to have the loons in southern Michigan - if you are ever headed up north - I can give you a few lakes to check so you can see the Loons before they migrate.

Sandy said...

one word, freedom!! Oh to be a loon...

Jessica said...

I love that quote!! And the photos too of course.

Bird Feeder Scott said...

Just found your blog! Beautiful shot! Love that green stripe on its neck.

Bird Girl said...

Oh how cool! Loons flying fast! Now I have a question - which Loon has this blue ring on the neck? The only Loons I have ever seen personally have the blue ring - but most photos I see do not.

Shellmo said...

Sandy - yes!

Jess - glad you liked the quote. Birdlady always has the good ones!

Birdfeeder Scott - thanks for stopping by!

Hi Birdgirl - the loon's ring appeared more green to me - maybe it was the light reflection. In Michigan - all we get is the Common Loon.

Bird Girl said...

Maybe it is green or bluish green...or greenish blue (haha) that is the only kind we get too. Common Loon. But why do some have the ring and others don't? Is one male and one female? Or do all Loons have the ring and you can't see it sometimes? Hope I'm not driving you crazy...I did try to google that but was not successful.Thanks!

Kathiesbirds said...

How amazingly aerodynamic they are! I hoped to see a loon while visiting Maine but was sadly disappointed. I haven't seen one for many years now. You are very fortunate!