Monday, April 25, 2011

It starts with a dream...

The Loons are my favorite bird. Many of you know this (and suffer through this, ha!) Last year our lake had a nest failure and I was devastated. I had to satisfy myself with monitoring the Loons on a neighboring lake. Well it looks like I have a pair of Loons attempting to nest on our lake again....

(This is a photo from a few years back, I love to look at it and dream.)



By the way, as I was watching these Loons and watched them go ashore for a brief moment. It occured to me they only go ashore for two things....to nest and to....well you know......








... and yes, I know I'm terrible!!!




32 comments:

You can never take too many pictures said...

Oh!!! but watching them pro-create is Beautiful and the promise of offspring.....I share your passion for Loons and have an exciting shoot coming up in June. We even decided to rent kayaks this year, hoping the lower to waterline craft may not present such a threat to them as we approach for shots.Saw only one chick 2 years ago, so keeping fingers crossed for some this year.Your shot with the chick and parent is stunning!!!! Hope to have some to share with you in June.....

Daisy said...

A little privacy here, please! HA HA! I hope there will be some little loons for you to watch this year, Shelley. :-)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Call it an action shot.I do hope the Loons will nest successfully at your lake.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I hope the loons nest at your lake, what fun pictures you take :)

~Shanon

Montanagirl said...

I'd love to get close enough to a Loon for some really good photos. Nice photos.

Dorothy said...

You are so funny, Shelley! I hope you get to see little baby loons this year!

Country Mouse Studio said...

yes, you can tell it's spring.
love the Chickadee too

Mildred said...

Hope you get some babies to watch this year!

Marianne, aka Ranger Anna said...

I'd sooooo love to live with loons!

Elaine said...

I hope your loons nest successfully this year!

holdingmoments said...

That first picture is a beauty Shelley.

KathyB. said...

You're only taking pictures of the very thing that makes more loons.I hope you get your wish and there will new new little loons for you to photograph sometime soon.

The Chickadee photo is precious Shelley !

Ginnymo said...

Caught in the act! I hope you see lots of Loons this year Shelly!! I love that Chickadee pic too!! So cute!

Kathy said...

Awesome Loon pic!! With the baby in tow or on the parent's back,too!!
May they have success this year in nesting!
Nothing is more magical than the call of a Loon as it travels over a lake!
Fellow Loon Lover,
Kathy
aka Birdingrvers

Darla said...

Shame on you girl! lol...I was wondering when your Loon patrol would begin this year.

Cathy Clementz said...

Loon sex...suppose the FBI will be confiscating your computer for porno?! I think it is great that you got that shot and shared it with us! Hope you have lots of little loons running around this year.

Patsy said...

Glad to see they are back, love all of the photo's.

Janice K said...

You certainly were at the right place at the right time..I hope your dreams come true and we all get to see some baby loons.

Have a happy day!

troutbirder said...

The haunting cry of these beautiful birds takes me back to the days when my sons and I traveled the Boundary Water Canoe Wilderness in northeast Minnesota. Fond memories indeed. :)

Jen said...

Great, now we have to give our blogs a rating!
I actually caught a pair of my Doves in love the other day. Glad I'm not a bird. ;)

Jan Tanis Designs said...

LOL!!! I laughed out loud!!! :)

Adrienne in Ohio said...

LOL, that chickadee with caption cracked me up! But I understand how excited you must be that they are nesting again.

I'm glad you stopped by today. I'm trying to get back into blogging and visiting my friend's pages.

soggibottom said...

Shelly, your blog is always such a joy to visit. :-)
How is that rascal, young Scout. ?

Always great to see you at the cottage :-) Lots of birds around here :-) Haven't got such skill at snapping :-) too quick for me :-)
Ah, Loons, we don't have them. ONLY in Stephen King books here !
:-) See yer soon my friend and keep snappin :-) x x x

Kelly said...

...I hope they are successful this year, and we get to see photos of cute little baby loons!

BirdingMaine said...

Love those Loons! Great captures Shelley!

The Retired One said...

Gosh I love your loon photos!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

xxoo

The Doggie Chef said...

What a funny, cute post! I hope the loons nest at your lake this year.

Chris said...

Excellent Shelley... I guess they will soon be back, it is just a question of days now... I've not been seeking ours as the winter was finally pretty long. I'll do that in few weeks, thinking about you ;-)

Ruth said...

I love Loons too. I'm in Southeast Michigan and have never seen one in person. I've just moved to a big piece of property with a huge diversity of wildlife and I'm turning into such a bird nerd! I'm so happy to have stumbled upon your site.

I have a question. I saw a vulture the other day, and I swear it didn't have the red head of a turkey vulture and it was all black, but I haven't seen anything about Black Vultures being found in Michigan. Have they made their way this far north?

Marydon said...

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TTFN ~
Marydon

Knatolee said...

You do get the most amazing loon photos! I have never before seen loons, ahem, getting it on. :)

Beautiful photos, as always.

Knatolee said...

Hmm, that middle photo looks an awful lot like what goes on in my chicken coop, with prettier participants!! :)