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.