Photographs by Frank

8 June 2022

Loon Sitting

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,Wildlife — Tags: — Frank @ 8:01 PM

Late yesterday afternoon, I headed down to the lake to observe the loon nest. There was not a lot of action.

I watched for an hour and three-quarters. In that time the individual on the nest shifted position quickly twice. I am not sure they even turned the eggs.

At about ninety minutes, I got up to stretched my legs and saw a second loon off the end of the point on the main part of the lake. This gave me hope that they might do a switch so I sat back down and waited another fifteen minutes before I decided that dinner was in order.

All told, I made about sixty exposures, mostly to keep myself entertained, not because there was great action!*

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Loon on Nest (with 2x teleconverter)
Loon on Nest (with 2x teleconverter)
Loon Shifting Position on Nest (Maybe Turning Eggs)
Loon Shifting Position on Nest (Maybe Turning Eggs)
Loon on Nest
Loon on Nest

I also experimented with video, something I rarely do. Here is a three minute clip that really gives you a feel for the ‘excitement’ of loon watching!

Try to stay awake… I did for more than an hour and a half!!!!

* WARNING – photographer talk ahead! The first few exposures yesterday afternoon were made using with a 2x teleconverter (a different one from the one I used several days ago). There is certainly some degradation in the images made with the converter, although I am not sure that it is evident in the small files I post here. I am pretty convinced that I will get better results with deeper crops (to get similar fields of view) of the files made without the converter than I will using the converter. As you would expect, since it is a 2x converter, the file sizes differ by a factor of two as well.

I’ll need to make a few prints before making a final decision.

1 Comment

  1. If it weren’t for the tall grasses you’d never know it was a video!

    Thank you for your time out there – someone has to do it and you appear to be well-equipped to handle the challenges (except for dinner). Perhaps pack a lunch?? I’m guessing Joan does not make deliveries. . .

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 9 June 2022 @ 7:10 AM

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