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Evening Loon by dove-51 Evening Loon by dove-51
Taken on a camping trip to Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada. On a nice hot sunny day we decided to rent a boat and go out fishing. When returning in the early evening, we came across a pair of loons swimming in a little cove. We cut the motor on the boat and let it drift in towards the birds. To my surprise they didn't seem to mind us being there and for about half an hour we watched while they continued to preen themselves and even call to each other. It was a most awesome experience.

Common Loons are a classic symbol of northern wilderness, and indigenous people in Manitoba once believed that these birds possessed supernatural powers. It was thought that the loon's haunting call was the voice of the Great Spirit, Manitou.

If you have ever heard the haunting call of a loon you will never forget it. I hope you enjoy the picture. It is something I will never forget.

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quaddie Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Ah,so thats what people mean when they say I am a Loon :)..
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: :laughing: I would say they must be having a marvelous time. ;)
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blind-dancer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loons are cool :)
Once a baby/teenage loon got separated from its parents and came close to me. When he realised I was there, he spread out his neck and laid flat on the water, pretending to be a log or something. Then his parents came pick him up :) It was cool to see.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a great experience. They are very special birds. :heart:
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Violet-Kleinert Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011   Photographer
Excellent shots, Candace!
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconthankyouveryplz:
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PlunkettGW Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Another fabulous loon photoe. Excellent exposure and it captures the motion of the swinning loon perfectly. Another winner!
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kind sir :D
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Lentekriebel Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :clap:
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you like it Sonja. Thank you so much :heart:
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Lentekriebel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure Candace!
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Leaflets Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Wonderfull! Unfortunately I haven't seen Loons while being in Canada (exept for on the 'loony' coin, that is). It must have been a great experience to see them from so close by!
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. Glad you like it. It was a special experience. I hope you get to see them one day. :heart:
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Mogrianne Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful lighting and detail
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much. I am happy you like it :iconhappysunplz:
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:iconmogrianne:
Mogrianne Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure :)
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
wonderful
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :heart:
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IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh that's lovely. When ever we try to get near Loons they all dive under the water, and the zoom on our little camera isn't strong enough to close enough.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. I was so surprised, and never ever expected to get so close.
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IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student General Artist
They're usually so timid.
Closest I've gotten was when one actually came nearer to shore and was swimming back and forth(and getting farther out with each back and forth sweep).
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DuncanJBerry Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot. The first time my wife ever heard a loon's call, she nearly tipped our 12' canoe into a river.. :) The bird was right beside us hidden in some reeds... loud!
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That would be quite a surprise when your not expecting it. Glad you didn't tip over. :) Thanks so much for the :+fav:s :iconflowerheartplz:
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Stroody Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Half of its body is submerged under water - Is it sinking lol hehe - :)
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
She is doing the breast stroke :lol:
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:iconstroody:
Stroody Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol :)
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natureguy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot Candace!
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much George. :iconhappysunplz:
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:iconnatureguy:
natureguy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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glunac Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011   General Artist
Gorgeous close up. Shows how smooth his head feathers are & the eye really stands out here. He's got his eye on you.
Had never noticed the triangular patch of black & white stripes on the lower neck before.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much Gloria. We had a great week camping and this just topped it off. :heart:
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:iconnatureguy:
natureguy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot Candace!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful shot of it Candace!
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:icondove-51:
dove-51 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks David :heart: and Thank you so much for the :+fav: :iconflowerheartplz:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very welcome!! :hug:
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