Common Loon
Gavia immer

f10 @ 1/400s, ISO:640, Nikon D300 w 500mm


"Great Northern Loon," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Great Northern Loon (Gavia immer), is a large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds. The species is known as the Common Loon in North America and the Great Northern Diver in Eurasia; its current name is a compromise proposed by the International Ornithological Committee.The loon swims gracefully on the surface, dives as well as any flying bird, and flies competently for hundreds of kilometers in migration. It flies with its neck outstretched, usually calling a particular tremolo that can be used to identify a flying loon. Its call has been alternately called "haunting," "beautiful," "thrilling," "mystical" and "enchanting."
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
 
06/29/2012