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Common Loon

(Gavia immer)

Where: Spotsylvania, VA • Lake Anna State Park

Notes: This encounter happened just a few weeks ago when my wife and I decided to embark on a rare bird excursion that Sunday afternoon. After seeing repeated reports of a pair of Western Grebes at Lake Anna over the past several weeks, we thought we would try our luck and see if we could find these unusual birds. We looked at the boat ramp area with no luck, then the picnic ground, no luck there either, next to the bridge. It was there that we found a man and a woman, whom we had seen at all of our other stops, they were very excited and taking turns looking through their scope. It looked as if the pair of Grebes was just off shore right at the picnic area. So we went back, hoping to get a closer look. When we got there we realized that we did not see the birds because they were on the back side of a small narrow island just in front of us. So we unloaded the canoe at the boat ramp and crept around the backside of the island. Sure enough, there they were. We took a few photos and decided to head back as the light was starting to fade. As we headed back towards the boat ramp we saw a pair of Loons diving in the deep water just ahead. Suddenly this one popped up only 12 feet off the side of the boat! We were able to grab a few shots as the bird calmly paddled past us. That was the closest I've ever been to one of these majestic divers.

Small Bird Photo 1

Western Grebe

Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • 14' WaterQuest Canoe

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1600 second • Aperture = f-7.1 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~12 Feet • Date Shot: 01-06-13

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