Thursday, May 28, 2009

Male Model Loon

The male and female Loon have the same feather colors but you can tell them apart by the following:

  • The male's body is larger than the female
  • The males beak is longer
  • If you see/hear the Loon yodeling, then it's the male since they are the only ones who do that particular call. It's their territorial call.

Please take a look at my male model...









Isn't he just gorgeous with that sunlight dancing off that long beak?

29 comments:

HANNIBAL said...

Gorgeous! I see the attraction you have! Keep them coming...

roentarre said...

Excellent image captured here

Good birding!

fishing guy said...

Shelly: I really enjoy this bird and love its great call. You got some wonderful captures.

Chris said...

Now you are getting me eager to see one here. They are so gorgeous and your pictures are so beautiful. How do you take them? Are you kayaking?

This DVM's Wife's Life said...

He is so handsome! I never knew that about the males being the one doing all that yodeling.Makes sense though.

Bird Girl said...

Wow - he is handsome! You know I took pictures of a Loon one year and it seemed to have a blue ring (which I could not find in any pictures on google to ID the Loon) but the way the light hits your Loon in the first shot - looks like a blue ring, too around the neck.

Judy said...

I have been really enjoying your loon pictures.

Shellmo said...

Hi Chris - I am taking these photos from my kayak (but I'm using my smaller lens as I'm too worried about an accident w/ my SIgma lens - lol!)

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

I did not know the difference between the male and female. Thanks!
Beautiful pictures!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

He is spectacular!!

Daisy said...

I like all the white spots on his back--looks like he is wearing a fancy tweed suit. :D

NCmountainwoman said...

Yes he is gorgeous. Great photographs.

Ms. ~K said...

Thanks for the Loon lesson...He is gorgeous and seems to know it...
Kit

Rural Rambler said...

The top picture Shelley, he is gorgeous. One hunk of a boy Loon!

Loon Week at Shelley's Bird Blog is GOOD!

Deborah Godin said...

Very handsome! Excellent shots. I love their red eyes too, very mysterious and primal.

Cathy Clementz said...

I think the loon has one of the bird calls that I never tire of. I envy you being where you are...a campfire at night, by the lake and listening to the loons....

Kelly said...

...it's amazing how Mother Nature puts these color combos together. The black head with the red eyes, then the black and white pattern on the wings...very cool.

Ginnymo said...

Yes he is a beautiful bird Shelly!!

Elaine said...

Beautiful photos again. Thanks for the info. We hear the loon's call ofen when we are sitting on our deck. Up the road there is an old gravel pit that they have built houses around and I can see the loons on the water. They have no trespassing signs up, but I'm going to have to see if I can get some shots from the road. I'll try to see if I can tell the difference between the males and the females.

Matt Latham said...

Great photos of a stunning bird.

The Retired One said...

Your smaller lens is doing just fine with taking the loon pix...they are beautiful.
Remember, its not the size that counts, its what you do with it.
;-}

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful beyond description!
BLssings,Ruth

BirdingMaine said...

What a beauty! Great captures Shelley!

holdingmoments said...

They really are stunners Shelley.

Mildred said...

Shelley, I've never seen anything so spectacular!

KathyB. said...

I like your male model, a real pin-up if I ever saw one!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

They are such beautiful birds! Great photos, Shelley!

Eve said...

This is a great series Shelley. I love the wail call too. I've only heard it the wild once. Nice work.

Tina said...

He IS gorgeous!! Lucky her!