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Pacific Loon

Pacific Loon
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Copyright: Lisa Walker (FeatherBirdLady) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 82] (500)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600, Fujinon Zoom Lens 10X Optical Zoom, Compact Flash 1GB
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Eyed Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-08 10:37
Viewed: 3768
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From Cornell's website: The Pacific and Arctic loons are extremely similar and were formerly considered the same species. Where the two species meet in western Alaska and eastern Siberia, the Arctic Loon has a greenish patch on its throat. Arctic Loons from the rest of Eurasia have purplish throats similar to that of the Pacific Loon.

This particular bird was grounded by a severe storm that occurred the night of January 3rd through the morning of the 4th and had a broken wing. It was rescued and taken to a local animal hospital that deals with wildlife

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-18 21:14]
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Hi Feather

Pity this lonesome little loon with its broken wing. I hope the little smiley will come and comfort it and keep it company.

Strange how the TrekNature dynamics sometimes work as this is a lovely portrait type shot of a beautiful bird (with a remarkable red eye) and yet, even after 276 visits it had only 1 smiley to reward the effort.

The sandy BG does well to compliment the bird, the colours are natural, the details are fine, and the exposure was well controlled. Thanks for the shortish but very helpful notes on loon identification and especially the last paragraph that describes the commendable rescue effort.

Well done and TFS.

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