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Common loon (Gavia immer) Riverlands, Missouri. Aug 11, 2019 Common loon,Gavia immer,Geotagged,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Common loon (Gavia immer)

Riverlands, Missouri. Aug 11, 2019

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  1. The highlight from my outing this morning, this common loon seen just north of St Louis, a bit of a rarity for Missouri in summer. He's been hanging out in the same lake for 2 weeks, but it still took me three passes before I even spotted him, as he was spending more time under water than above!
    But he finally gave me a good show just as I was about to leave the area, preening and shaking himself in the water closer to the road. He (or she) is not in breeding plumage obviously, but they really are delightful birds.
    Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
    1. "still took me three passes"....what does passed mean in this context? Three visits? Posted 4 months ago
      1. Haha i'm not quite that bad, it was a pretty small lake! I meant three times scanning the lake with my binoculars! Posted 4 months ago
        1. Ah birding jargon, thanks :) Posted 4 months ago
          1. I'm not sure, maybe just my idiosyncratic French-infused use of English!
            Meanwhile, two more rare birds have now turned up on that same lake, but I don't have time to go back!
            Posted 4 months ago

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The common loon is a large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds. The species is known as the great northern diver in Eurasia; another former name, great northern loon, was a compromise proposed by the International Ornithological Committee.

Similar species: Loons
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Aug 12, 2019. Captured Aug 11, 2019 11:50 in 14700 US-67, West Alton, MO 63386, USA.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/14.0
  • 1/790s
  • ISO800
  • 560mm