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Captured on Blue Lake in Northern Ontario, Canada.

Great Northern Loon:

The Great Northern Loon, Great Northern Diver, or Common Loon (Gavia immer), is a large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds. The species is known as a Common Loon in North America and the Great Northern Diver in Eurasia.

Adults can range from 61–100 cm (24–40 inches) in length with a 122–152 cm (4–5-foot) wingspan, slightly smaller than the similar Yellow-billed Loon (or “White-billed Diver”). The weight can vary from 1.6 to 8 kg (3.6 to 17.6 lbs). On average a Great Northern Diver is about 81 cm (32 inches) long, has a wingspan of 136 cm (54 inches), and weighs about 4.1 kg (9 lbs).

Breeding adults have a black head, white underparts, and a checkered black-and-white mantle. Non-breeding plumage is brownish, with the chin and foreneck white. The bill is black-blue and held horizontally. The bill colour and angle distinguish this species from the similar Yellow-billed Loon.

The bird needs a long distance to gain momentum for take-off, and is ungainly on landing. Its clumsiness on land is due to the legs being positioned at the rear of the body: this is ideal for diving but not well-suited for walking. When the birds land on water, they skim along on their bellies to slow down, rather than on their feet, as these are set too far back. The loon swims gracefully on the surface, dives as well as any flying bird, and flies competently for hundreds of kilometers in migration. It flies with its neck outstretched, usually calling a particular tremolo that can be used to identify a flying loon. Its call has been alternately called “haunting,” “beautiful,” “thrilling,” “mystical” and "enchanting.

Please take the time to listen to their call here

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 70-300mm Zoom Lens, Aperture exp 5.6, Shutter speed 1/500, ISO 200 Focal Length 300mm

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birds, canada, loon, ontario, summer, water, wildlife

A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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Comments

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Larry- I love these birds..what a lovely capture…brings back the nicest old memories of your amazingly beautiful country….think of you and Marg often dear friend.

  • Hi Rosie
    Just to let you know, Marg is now reshuled for the 20th of August (next Friday), so we have our fingers and toes crossed, that it will actualy happen…Thanks for 4 your comments and the fave BTW

    – Larry Trupp

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Larry!! Hope to see one up close one day. They are so beautiful.

  • Thanks Debra
    Much appreciated, BTW we were in the boat, hence the closeness

    – Larry Trupp

  • Petehamilton
    Petehamiltonalmost 4 years ago

    One of my favorite movie’s of all times was, ‘On Golden Pond’….This image really took me back there,…Much appreciated my friend! Love it!

  • Hi Pete
    Nice to meet you
    I was in a boat, and quietly crepted up on them, thanks for your comments and the fave BTW

    – Larry Trupp

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 4 years ago

  • icesrun
    icesrunalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful coloring on thisone!!

  • Hi there
    I appreciate your comments

    – Larry Trupp

  • jules572
    jules572almost 4 years ago

    This series is *BEAUTIFUL Larry and would certainly make a nice grouping hanging together. I love listening to their haunting calls through the morning mist….Jules..Favor

  • Hi Jules
    I was in a boat, and quietly crepted up on them, thanks for your comments my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, what a fantastic shot Larry. Reg eye glowing and superb details.

  • Hi Teresa
    We were in the boat, and quietly crepted up on them, thanks for your comments my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Larry! :]

  • Hi Tracy
    We were in the boat, and quietly crepted up on them, thanks for your comments my friendand the fave BTW

    – Larry Trupp

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Larry.

  • Hi Gary
    We were in the boat, and quietly crepted up on them, thanks for your comments my friend.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    What a beauty, Larry. Wonderful capture and a very interesting read. Still have to get one for my collection – one of these days….

  • Hi Mike
    We were in the boat, and quietly crepted up on them, thanks for your comments my friend.

    – Larry Trupp

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