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Brad
01-19-2009, 06:17 AM
Patrick pointed what appear to be 2 loons in Chris' picture. The sight of loons and their calls are such a part of northern New England. Lets post here some pictures we have taken of loons to share.

mtruman
01-19-2009, 11:57 AM
Here's a couple from last summer on Coleman Pond in Lincolnville Maine:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXSvRbVzKpI/AAAAAAAAH-4/tGDQVKTprFQ/s720/080709-113636.jpg

Quite the interesting stretch this one is doing :confused:
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXSvSJ2ghVI/AAAAAAAAH_A/a_RunEq0rLw/s720/080710-165456-1.jpg

And a loon family on Deer Isle ME from a few summers ago

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_KuEV5mt1_ak/SXSvTdnAnaI/AAAAAAAAH_I/nQidhauj6Bs/s720/020712-112618.jpg

Brad
01-19-2009, 03:35 PM
Mark,

You can really see the difference between the children and the adult.

Brad
01-19-2009, 03:46 PM
Here are a couple. These were taken either from our boat after waterskiing or from our dock.

At sunrise
http://images23.fotki.com/v868/photos/8/8235/132867/P0002154-vi.jpg

http://images23.fotki.com/v859/photos/8/8235/3783871/IMG_6529a-vi.jpg

mtruman
01-19-2009, 05:10 PM
I love the sunrise shot. The quintessential Maine morning.

KathyC
01-19-2009, 05:24 PM
Would a pictue of myself count?? :p Kidding....

As always, such pretty pictures. I've never had the luck of seeing a loon. Is it true that most are mostly out at sunrise?

TheNatrix
01-19-2009, 05:27 PM
You'll need to come out to the Adirondacks and hike some trails. The Northville-Placid trail is 132 miles and you will often find yourself falling asleep to loons and waking up to the loons. Very pleasant indeed. Nice pictures!

CHRIS
01-19-2009, 06:18 PM
Wonderful pictures both Marks and Brads. They really are beautiful animals.

Steve M
01-19-2009, 07:20 PM
Here is my only picture of a Loon taken at Chocorua Lake last summer, besides the one where it is completely blurry behind me.

http://images40.fotki.com/v1238/photos/1/1138397/6544876/DSC_0079-vi.jpg

Brad
01-19-2009, 07:34 PM
Loons call to each other in the morning. As human activity rises on a lake during the day you do not see them much. Then late afternoon they are out in their favorite spots fishing again. If a boat goes by that they do not like the sound, they will call a warning. Otherwise, they start calling to each other throughout the evening into night.

We open our cabin windows and doors Memorial Day weekend and close them on Labor Day (they really never get closed all summer). So, most evenings we listen to the loons as we lay in bed or sit on the deck. They have several very distinct calls depending on the situation. Each one is wonderful to hear.

Here is another photo - these were taken by my son.
http://images17.fotki.com/v9/photos/8/8235/132867/loons.8-vi.jpg

http://images24.fotki.com/v863/photos/8/8235/132867/Loons_20030701_8866_aor-vi.jpg

http://images23.fotki.com/v765/photos/8/8235/132867/Loons_20030701_8918or-vi.jpg

KD Talbot
01-19-2009, 08:29 PM
Did anyone notice the fact that Brad started a thread about loons?

Great photos, all, but that last one by Brad's son is a cover shot!

http://ghostflowers.com/maine/rangeley74503/images/15rangeley74503.jpg

KDT

Steve M
01-19-2009, 09:11 PM
I must agree, what a great photo.

Kevin, that one you just posted is awesome as well.:)

mtruman
01-19-2009, 10:15 PM
The last few from Kevin and Brad are just awesome!

We've been lucky enough to be in a couple of spots the last few summers where there were lots of loons around. Until last year we never got very close with the exception of the time the family in my first post swam by us. Last year the lake was just full of them and they were around all day long - not just morning and evening like ususal. We'd be out paddling the kayaks and they would just pop up out of the water next to us. Didn't seem to be at all concerned about us being around. It was very cool. There were a couple of eagles that were regularly cruising over the lake as well and stopped to perch in trees along the shore a couple of times and stayed while we paddled up to them. Pretty amazing.

h2oeco
01-19-2009, 10:47 PM
Loon pictures from the North Channel of Lake Huron...

http://www.ecomalley.com/mwoposts/loon1.jpg

http://www.ecomalley.com/mwoposts/loon2.jpg

http://www.ecomalley.com/mwoposts/loon3.jpg

http://www.ecomalley.com/mwoposts/loon4.jpg

Bretton Woods Brat
01-20-2009, 07:06 AM
Conway Lake

182

Tim&Val
01-20-2009, 07:46 AM
http://www.barkeater.ws/forumpics/babyloon3.jpg

Squam River - 2008

*We were much farther away than it looks*

CHRIS
01-20-2009, 08:00 AM
These are all wonderful pictures but I really like Tim&Vals with the baby on the back. Great shot.

mtruman
01-20-2009, 08:25 AM
Val wins the "loon of the day" award! That's one way to keep them from diving under when you get close enough for a picture. This one sure doesn't seem to be too concerned. How far away were you?

Brad
01-20-2009, 02:04 PM
It is hard to get close to a loon AND be on the correct side to have the lighting right. Tim & Val that is a fantastic photo.

Steve M
01-20-2009, 06:50 PM
Yes. Another great shot! Keep those Loons coming!:D

Tim&Val
01-20-2009, 07:24 PM
Val wins the "loon of the day" award!

I have no idea how to take this! :p

I'll ask Tim how far away we were... I really cannot judge distances at all.

Brad
01-20-2009, 09:20 PM
Were you on shore or in a canoe?

mtruman
01-20-2009, 09:44 PM
I have no idea how to take this! :p

I'll ask Tim how far away we were... I really cannot judge distances at all.

I know that you say that Tim takes all the pictures but if it wasn't for you we'd never get to see them, right? ;)

forestgnome
01-21-2009, 06:08 PM
Big kudos for the images of loons from Mark, Brad, Kevin and Tim&Val, as well as others that may be more distant but convey a feeling of sweet, warm summer!!!

Mark's image of the two babies shows well how they look in late summer/early autumn, close to the time for their first migration.

Brad's image from sunset is beautiful! Nice silouette image of a warm lake at sunset. The image with chicks shows how they look in mid-summer. Very nice.

Kevin's image is hard to get. Nice work! That takes patience and persistance to catch that moment.

Tim&Val's shot is also awesome! Prescious! Nice look at a newborn chick in spring and the relationship with mama. Look at that little cherib! What a heart melter!

Keep 'em coming!

forestgnome
01-21-2009, 06:35 PM
on the Androscoggin River...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/umbagog8208190.jpg


on Middle Pea Porridge Pond...
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/npn.jpg



http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/9-07-06-039-copy2.jpg

forestgnome
01-21-2009, 06:39 PM
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/umbagog8208036.jpg

forestgnome
01-21-2009, 07:26 PM
on Middle Pea Porridge Pond last July...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/loon2.jpg




http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/loon1.jpg




http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/loon3.jpg




http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/loon4.jpg

KathyC
01-21-2009, 07:30 PM
They have such beautiful red eyes...

Tim & Val, I love the one with the baby on the mama's back, so precious.

forestgnome
01-21-2009, 08:12 PM
It took four tries, but this baby actually ate the crayfish! Mama fed it to the baby but it wouldn't go down the hatch, so mama had to repeatedly dive and recapture it and feed it again.


http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/loon6.jpg





http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/loon5.jpg

Steve M
01-21-2009, 08:13 PM
Look at all the Loons in this thread. And I'm NOT mentioning any names!:)

KD Talbot
01-21-2009, 08:17 PM
Unbelievable, as always! thanks!

KDT

spyboy
01-21-2009, 08:47 PM
Here are my two entries, from East Inlet up at the Second Connecticut Lake waaaay up north. Shot from my sea kayak, with a 70-300mm telephoto on my Canon 40D. It's amazing how wobbly the kayak gets when you bring the camera up to your face to take the picture. I almost flipped it!

http://www.spyboy.com/mwo/loon1.jpg

http://www.spyboy.com/mwo/loon2.jpg

Tim&Val
01-21-2009, 09:05 PM
Here are my two entries...

GORGEOUS! He's looking right at you!

Brad
01-21-2009, 09:15 PM
Kirk, so nice.

krummholz
01-21-2009, 09:22 PM
What a treat! Thanks, everyone!

Second Connecticut is indeed waaaay up north. But Fourth Connecticut is waaaay waaaay waaaay up north. Not sure it has a loon, though.

Brad
01-21-2009, 09:24 PM
Oh, Kirk was there.

mtruman
01-21-2009, 10:23 PM
More fantastic entries from Patrick and Kirk.

Patrick's sequences of the babies getting fed are just incredible. I think I'd be too awe struck watching that to take the pictures.

I particularly like the first one of Kirk's. Getting well balanced colors in shots of loons seems to be particularly difficult for some reason but these are perfect.

forestgnome
01-22-2009, 05:39 AM
Kirk, nice shots, and an interesting comp on the first one :)

Steve M
01-22-2009, 07:21 AM
Great pics all! Every time I look at this thread there are more and more great shots. Many of these shots should be in a magazine or on the cover of one.

spyboy
01-22-2009, 08:31 AM
Thanks :) I didn't post the 15 blurry shots that I also took :) It was very early in the morning, and the light was still low, and it was a bit hazy. The beauty of digital though is shoot away (especially for wildlife) and then pick the best shots later, because it doesn't cost anything (provided you have a bunch of memory cards with you)


Kirk, nice shots, and an interesting comp on the first one :)

Patrad Fischroy
01-22-2009, 12:42 PM
The beauty of digital though is shoot away (especially for wildlife) and then pick the best shots later, because it doesn't cost anything (provided you have a bunch of memory cards with you)

On top of that you can also look at the camera settings for those pictures that you throw away and learn how to avoid them in the future.

spyboy
01-22-2009, 03:00 PM
The pictures I was trying to avoid were blurry, and that's because it was low light and I was wobbling in a kayak.

My new 5D Mk II has live view (show on the lcd what the sensor is seeing) with the ability to simulate the exposure, so you can fix the image before you take your shot, that's been saving me a bunch of time vs shoot, check, adjust, shoot, check, adjust (yes, "pro" photographers would know how to get a good shot right away, I'm still learning my manual modes)

Kirk



On top of that you can also look at the camera settings for those pictures that you throw away and learn how to avoid them in the future.

mtruman
01-22-2009, 05:21 PM
The pictures I was trying to avoid were blurry, and that's because it was low light and I was wobbling in a kayak.

My new 5D Mk II has live view (show on the lcd what the sensor is seeing) with the ability to simulate the exposure, so you can fix the image before you take your shot, that's been saving me a bunch of time vs shoot, check, adjust, shoot, check, adjust (yes, "pro" photographers would know how to get a good shot right away, I'm still learning my manual modes)

Kirk

Hmmm. Does that mean that you're going to take the 5D in the kayak? I'm not sure I could convince myself to do it. I'd be too nervous about dunking the camera to ever get a shot off :rolleyes:

Brad
01-22-2009, 08:31 PM
Hmmm. Does that mean that you're going to take the 5D in the kayak? I'm not sure I could convince myself to do it. I'd be too nervous about dunking the camera to ever get a shot off :rolleyes:
Add it to your home owners insurance policy. if it gets lost, they will replace it. Damage it and you are on your own.

spyboy
01-22-2009, 09:15 PM
There are still long wait times to get one, so I'm not going to risk it.

forestgnome
01-23-2009, 06:55 AM
Add it to your home owners insurance policy. if it gets lost, they will replace it. Damage it and you are on your own.


Thanks!!! Now there is an excellent idea. We just got a new policy and I'm calling today to add my camera gear. It's scary what I put it through!

Brad
01-23-2009, 01:24 PM
Thanks!!! Now there is an excellent idea. We just got a new policy and I'm calling today to add my camera gear. It's scary what I put it through!
If you drop it in the lake and can not retrieve it, the policy should cover it. But, if the camera just gets wet, they probably will not. Is there a message here?

Brad
01-23-2009, 01:28 PM
I love to see a loon rising up to warm others away from their territory.

http://images39.fotki.com/v1291/photos/8/8235/5836477/IMG_4151z-vi.jpg

Jimmy Legs and Little d
01-23-2009, 02:03 PM
We received our AT Journeys magazine (Appalachian Trail Conservancy) for January/February and the cover photo looks exactly like the photo Tim and Val submitted. Loons are wonderful creatures as are their haunting cries.

sawyrd@comcast.net
01-25-2009, 01:37 PM
New to Mt. Washingtom web site, still trying to figure out how to send loon pictures!

forestgnome
01-28-2009, 04:46 AM
New to Mt. Washingtom web site, still trying to figure out how to send loon pictures!

Would you like a breif tutorial on inserting pictures in a post?

sawyrd@comcast.net
01-28-2009, 10:35 AM
Yes thank you!

forestgnome
01-29-2009, 05:13 AM
Yes thank you!

1) Your photo must be hosted on another website. ( you will actually insert the url into the post, which will result in your picture appearing in the post) If your pics are not already on the web, try Photobucket. (Google it). It's free and easy to use. (There are other sites like Webshots, etc.)

2) Once you load your photos onto Photobucket, place your cursor on the thumbnail. A few different linking options will appear below. Click on the bottom option "IMG CODE". Now the url is stored on your mouse.

http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/

3) Now go to your post on the forum and put the cursor wherever you want the pic to appear. Right click, then click "paste". Done :)


You can try it by clicking the link above. This is a page in my album on Photobucket. Try getting the url and pasting it right on this thread.


http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/pbasemoose116.jpg



I size my photos for the forum at 700x467 ( I make the length 700 and the hight stays proportionate in Photoshop) This is about as large as it can be without being larger than the page so a viewer does not have to scroll to view it, which takes away from the image, IMO.

Let me know if you hit any snags. Once you do it, it's a breeze.

CHRIS
01-29-2009, 07:24 AM
I just went to your link Patrick and all I can say is wow you have some amazing pictures in there. I looked @ all 1063. I envy you being able to pictures like that and I hope or should I say dream to be able to take pictures as good as that someday. You should be proud of your photography abilities (spelling??).

sawyrd@comcast.net
01-29-2009, 07:54 PM
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u46/Saw56_photos/Loon.jpg

forestgnome
01-30-2009, 07:00 AM
I just went to your link Patrick and all I can say is wow you have some amazing pictures in there. I looked @ all 1063. I envy you being able to pictures like that and I hope or should I say dream to be able to take pictures as good as that someday. You should be proud of your photography abilities (spelling??).

Thanks you very, very much! Just keep shooting! Read about photography and cull from it what makes sense for what you envision for your own work and you'll develop your own style.

BTW, that link (photobucket) is not really my display work. That is for hosting pics for the forum. Some of those shots are mundane and are there just to show, for example, the water level in a river. My website for display is at the link below.

happy trails

forestgnome
01-30-2009, 07:16 AM
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u46/Saw56_photos/Loon.jpg


Yay!!! Your pic is nice! It's 744x1024 and the hieght just fits into the page on my screen. I guess they can be bigger than I thought; computers are NOT my strong point :rolleyes:

happy trails :)

CHRIS
06-24-2009, 02:55 PM
Has anybody added your camera gear to your insurance policy. If yes any idea what the cost is and do you think it was worth the cost. I am thinking of adding to my policy.

Brad
06-24-2009, 08:32 PM
Has anybody added your camera gear to your insurance policy. If yes any idea what the cost is and do you think it was worth the cost. I am thinking of adding to my policy.
My son has - it is a replacement if lost clause. It does not cover damage. For a $4,000 to $5,000 camera and $2,000 to $4,000 lens attached to it, it is normally a good deal. Drop it off a cliff or out of a canoe and the replace the camera/lens.

For a point and shoot camera, probably not worth it. Depends on the value of the camera and what you do with it. If you only use it around the dining room table - not worth it.

CHRIS
06-25-2009, 06:50 AM
Thanks Brad. I have about 6500.00 into my camera gear so far with more to come (shh don't tell my wife) and I usually take it all with me as I would hate to be someplace and say darn I should have brought the other lens. I try not to leave in truck but sometimes I have no choice that is why I was looking into the insurance. Plus any mishaps with water etc.After what happened with Jim S. this past weekend got me thinking.

JimS
06-25-2009, 07:10 AM
I need to start researching this insurance thing when I do eventually get a new camera. The one thing I've learned from this whole camera in bog experience is that my 20D isn't worth much any more...

But, back to the loon pictures. While not mine...this is my dream loon scene. I found it on a nature photography forum that I frequent...

http://www.naturephotographers.net/imagecritique/ic.cgi?a=vp&pr=124600&CGISESSID=fac319c0926b6b32e3e005bb78eb3e97&u=12580

CHRIS
06-25-2009, 07:19 AM
That is a terrific shot of the Loon. Thanks for the link Jim.

Brad
06-26-2009, 06:40 AM
I need to start researching this insurance thing when I do eventually get a new camera. The one thing I've learned from this whole camera in bog experience is that my 20D isn't worth much any more...

But, back to the loon pictures. While not mine...this is my dream loon scene. I found it on a nature photography forum that I frequent...

http://www.naturephotographers.net/imagecritique/ic.cgi?a=vp&pr=124600&CGISESSID=fac319c0926b6b32e3e005bb78eb3e97&u=12580
Interesting, the page opens but not the image.

Brad
07-13-2009, 09:14 PM
Went out this afternoon and captured a few pictures of loons with the new camera.

http://images50.fotki.com/v1529/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_0097a-vi.jpg

http://images50.fotki.com/v1530/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_0093a-vi.jpg

The full set of pictures are at http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/maine/animals/2009-loons/

CHRIS
07-14-2009, 06:39 AM
Nice shots Brad. I am going to have to try to shoot some Loon when I am up North for the week after STP.

mtruman
07-14-2009, 07:23 AM
Awesome Brad. I like the new camera already!

Brad
07-14-2009, 07:30 AM
Awesome Brad. I like the new camera already!
And I like it a lot too. I was using the same 100-500mm lens I had used before on my D60. But, I can get more speed now. I should have moved the aperture back to widen the depth of field. With this camera I could have done it by going to ISO 400 and I would still have had great quality. Many of the pictures were not in focus. It is all a part of learning how to shoot with the new camera.

Part of the difficulty shooting then was the wind and waves had kicked up - plus, there were plenty of boat wakes. Our boat was bouncing around a lot making it hard.

Brad
07-16-2009, 05:37 AM
Yesterday afternoon I tried a quieter, more nimble boat and got some pictures. The problem with a large lake is they can head any direction they want when they dive - and they do. It is hard to predict where they will come up to be there quietly waiting with the camera ready.

http://images51.fotki.com/v1543/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_0298a-vi.jpg

http://images50.fotki.com/v1529/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_0312a-vi.jpg

http://images51.fotki.com/v1550/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_0358a-vi.jpg

http://images50.fotki.com/v1524/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_0389a-vi.jpg

CHRIS
07-16-2009, 06:43 AM
Very nice Brad especially the last one.

Brad
07-16-2009, 11:37 AM
Thanks - they are really hard to get - right angle -lighting on them to see things clearly - not something you plan. You just have to react to get a shot and see what happened later. You can see when they think you have pestered them too much - and it is time to move on.

KD Talbot
07-16-2009, 03:34 PM
Fantastic shots! Yes, be sure to move on quickly. They will abandon young if harassed too much. Again, nice going!

KDT

KathyC
07-16-2009, 05:22 PM
Those are really beautiful pictures, just perfect.

Brad
07-17-2009, 05:12 PM
Fantastic shots! Yes, be sure to move on quickly. They will abandon young if harassed too much. Again, nice going!

KDT
Yes, this is true. This year it is not much of a problem relative to the babies - there are none. The lake level is so far up the nests got flooded. We have not seen a single chick this year.

Even without babies you can tell when a loon is tired of you being around. Their time on the surface goes down and they start to swim away from you. The advantage of a long lens and high resolution camera is you can get a long shot and if it is in focus, you can crop it in on the computer - and stay well away from the birds on the lake.

Brad
08-11-2009, 03:31 PM
What a beautiful bird!

http://images27.fotki.com/v993/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_1481c-vi.jpg

CHRIS
08-11-2009, 03:35 PM
They are beautiful birds. I love their markings.

Brad
09-14-2009, 08:16 PM
I was heading out in the boat to get gas and saw a loon by himself. But, I knew he has been in a pack with 6-7 others the past few days. So, I stopped and watched for a while. Others came up and joined him. After watching them dive and surface several times I moved the boat near where they would surface the next time and shut the boat off - and got the camera ready. I was not disappointed!

Looking for dinner (of the set taken today this is the only one that is cropped)

http://images51.fotki.com/v178/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_2928c-vi.jpg

This one kept coming closer and closer

http://images53.fotki.com/v1574/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_2947a-vi.jpg

And this final shot(this is not cropped!)

http://images51.fotki.com/v178/photos/5/8235/7744154/IMG_2986a-vi.jpg

The full set are starting at picture # 121 at http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/maine/animals/2009-loons/page2.html

Snow Miser
09-14-2009, 08:28 PM
Nice shots. I like the close-up on #144.

mtruman
09-14-2009, 09:40 PM
Amazing! I think that these are your best loon shots yet.

KathyC
09-15-2009, 05:14 AM
Those are perfect, you can see right into their eyes. My fav. is the first with just starting to put it's head in the water, wow.

Brad
09-15-2009, 05:37 AM
Thanks - I was holding my breath the whole time since they were right along side the boat. Some came up and swam closer. With this set there are distinctive markings to recognize individual ones. It will be interesting to see them come back next year.

I will work with a few of these at the end of the week to process them and crop them a bit.

CHRIS
09-15-2009, 06:47 AM
Great captures Brad. They really are beautiful creatures.