Photographs by Frank

14 May 2020

Gregg Lake Loons (May 2020)

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,Spring,Wildlife — Tags: — Frank @ 10:23 PM

About five this afternoon Joan’s brother George called to say that he and Michelle had seen a loon on a nest on the north side of the bridge while they were out on a walk.

Of course, I grabbed Big Bertha (my 600 mm lens) , camera and tripod and headed down to the lake as soon as I could. The bird and its nest were easily seen at the waters edge on the far side of the lake.

Five or ten minutes after I arrived the bird on the nest slipped into the water leaving the nest empty. This behavior (i.e. leaving the nest empty) suggests to me that the nest does not (yet, hopefully) contain eggs.

I made a couple of photographs of the empty nest hoping to be able to decide if eggs were present or not. However, the angle of view did not allow a clear view of the interior of the nest.

Joan says that she saw two birds in the water at one point, but I, while concentrating on the camera, only saw one. The individual I saw stayed in the general vicinity of the nest for another five or ten minutes before disappearing. At one point it swam close enough that I could fill the frame with the bird. I watched for another fifteen or twenty minutes before hunger and the black flies drove me back home and did not see either loon again.

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Common Loon on Nest - Gregg Lake (May 2020)
Common Loon on Nest - Gregg Lake (May 2020)
Common Loon Near Nest - Gregg Lake (May 2020) #1
Common Loon Near Nest - Gregg Lake (May 2020) #1
Common Loon Near Nest - Gregg Lake (May 2020) #2
Common Loon Near Nest - Gregg Lake (May 2020) #2
Common Loon #1 (Gregg Lake - May 2020)
Common Loon #1 (Gregg Lake - May 2020)
Common Loon #2 (Gregg Lake - May 2020)
Common Loon #2 (Gregg Lake - May 2020)

2 Comments

  1. So glad for Big Bertha. Amazing pictures. So hopeful for a successful nest.

    Comment by Diane Chauncey — 15 May 2020 @ 2:35 AM

  2. Hmmm. . . your text reads like a police report 🙂

    Great loon shots. I’m sure you’ll return for further investigation – just the facts, man!

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 15 May 2020 @ 7:47 AM

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