Welcome to the Looney Farm!

Today’s post features some images I captured Saturday, on the lake behind our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) home … a migrating Common Loon decided to stop by and do some fishing!

While working outside, preparing our spring butterfly gardens, a single Common Loon drake (male) flew in to the lake and spent 2-3 hours swimming around and fishing. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Common Loon

After swimming around and unsuccessfully fishing, he finally “hooked a big one!”

Common Loon with fish

Common Loon with fish

Common Loon with fish

Common Loon with fish

The fish was quite large … he struggled for at least 20 minutes before he was able to swallow it! To celebrate his success, he then performed a “wing flap”:

Common Loon

Coming up … more Missouri spring wildflowers.

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400 mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld from our dock, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400 and ISO 500
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter Speed 1/500 sec. to 1/1500 sec.

 

 

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