A Common Loon. ‘Well, I never’.


The Common Loon is known for its haunting calls and striking black and white plumage and bright red eyes.
The  Loon is a large, goose-sized diving bird with a long body that rides low in the water.
An adult is 2-3 feet long, weighs 8-12 pounds and has a wing span of 4-5 feet. It can fly at speeds approaching 100 mph.
Although the loon’s diet includes crayfish, frogs and leeches, minnows and small fish are the most common prey.
The loon will spend almost all of its time on the water, going ashore only for mating and incubating eggs.
The loons generally mate for life and produce 1 to 2 eggs each season. Common Loons can live for 20 – 30 years.
Common Loons produce four major call types.
via Loon Lake Loon Association.

‘Feathers of Australia’.

The diversity of Australia’s birdlife is amazing, with over 800 species who live in every kind of environment.
From the mountains to the mangroves, and from the rainforests to the deserts, Australian birds have adapted to almost every kind of environment.
Spot the Galah by Gemma Deavin, Longreach, Queensland.
Smiling in Flight by BryanLJ, Maroochydore, Queensland.
Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle by Glenna M, Bicheno, Tasmania.
via Feathers.

Grey Fantail in mid-flight.

A grey fantail captured mid-flight in Melbourne, Victoria.
The most restless of Australia’s fantails, Grey Fantails are almost continually on the move, constantly changing position when perched, the tail swished back and forth, fluttering about in the canopy of trees or darting out after flying insects.
They seem never to keep still. Despite their fluttering flight, they are nevertheless capable of relatively long-distance movements, with some regularly flying across Bass Strait.
Grey Fantails’ movements are particularly complex, with no general rule: birds in each different region have their own individual patterns of movement.
Image Credit: Photograph by ABC Open contributor honeycut
Source: Captured mid-flight – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Naknek Alaska Eagle.

Image Credit: Photograph by Cindy Upchurch
Congratulations to Cindy Upchurch for winning the recent Discovery Landscape Photography Assignment with the image, “Naknek Alaska Eagle.
”This was taken in Naknek, Alaska, on Bristol Bay during the salmon run of July 2018,” says Upchurch. “This was a new location for me as I had never seen so many eagles nor been in Naknek.
The eagles were on the beach and cliffs/bluffs just waiting for the fish to be caught in the nets. It was quite amazing.“The bluffs along the bay were mostly brown and blended in with the eagles’ feathers, making composition a challenge.
Light was important for the eagles to show their brilliant shades of browns against the brown cliffs. Trying to get different expressions from the eagles and against the dark background took a fast shutter and steady hands.
With the hundreds of eagle pictures I took during this time, I love the fact that this eagle took the light on this high cliff in the middle of these white wildflowers and green grass during morning hours.”
Source: Discovery Landscape Photography Assignment Winner Cindy Upchurch – Outdoor Photographer