Uncommon Bird in my Area

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Uncommon to my area of Southeast Virginia is the Red Throated Loon.  I photographed this aquatic bird in late November at Messick Point on the Back River an estuary to the Chesapeake Bay.  At my first sighting, the head was barley above water with its winter plumage of speckled blackish and white spotted feathers, it swiftly swam near the water surface like an otter.  Once it surfaced the loon posed long enough for me to get a few nice pictures.  

In doing my research for this Loon, it is said in The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, “Loons have difficulty walking on land because their legs are located at the extreme rear of their bodies, so they are seldom seen away from the water.  They are extremely vulnerable to oil pollution; many have been killed along both coasts as a result of recent spills.”

Hope you all enjoy!!

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On the Water at the Pond; Turtles and Geese

Bird photography, Birding, Birds, Daily Post, Geese, Nature, Outdoors, Turtles, Uncategorized

What a great day to take some photos.  On the pond, six turtles enjoyed the rays of the sun as they chilled out on a 3 square foot platform.  A clumsy webbed foot Canadian Goose decided to join the turtles.  The goose leaped onto the floating platform, springing the turtles on top of each other.  Some turtles managed to cling to the platform while a few of them took a dive.

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The big bird looked at the remaining turtles as if to say sorry about that and began to preen itself as if nothing really happened.

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I apologize about the rear end shots, I had no choice to compose the characters.  This was a shoot from the hip session.  Hope you all enjoyed the pictures along with the story.