A magical moment with a Red-throated Loon

I had an incredible magic moment today when a Red-throated Loon swam up to me while I lay on a dock. It's never happened before to me.... even in Nome, AK I never got this close to this species. Wonder if it was the perfume I was wearing? ;). He was so close I had no choice but to take a portrait...but you can't really complain when you are in that situation. These loons are so beautiful and elegant. I felt sorry for him since he didn't have a mate and was calling his beautiful haunting call. He should be up north by now nesting I hope he finds what he seeks.

Red-throated Loon almost too close for comfort! - Photo: Melissa Hafting

He backed off finally and I was able to get him doing a brief shake then he swam right back to me. I'll never forget this special day.

Red-throated Loon in BC - Photo: Melissa Hafting

A magic moment shared with a Red-throated Loon - Photos: Melissa Hafting

I made a video of the Loon as well which you can watch below:



You can see how close he was to me:

Unbelievable moment.

Days like this don't happen everyday and I'll treasure this one forever to come. Thanks to my friends Chris and Heather for giving me this I really needed the pick me up. Sometime animals come into our lives for a reason and this loon certainly brightened up mine.

Comments

  1. Wow amazing photos and experience! Never seen a RTLO yet...

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  2. Congrats on these stunning photos of a beautiful bird!

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  3. What a marvelous experience - WOW You are really showing off the beauty of the loon with those pix.

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  4. Wow!!! Absolutely magnificent portrait! What an amazing experience! wonder why it is so relaxed?

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  5. this is really outrageous mel. how lucky you were to experience this guess the loon knows how special you are which we all knew already :). thank you for sharing these incredible photos with us i am floored by how close you got to this magnetic creature.

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  6. Thank you all so much for the very kind words, much appreciated!

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