Common Loon

May 10th, 2011

My “loon” adventure has started in the summer 2009. It’s while paddling on a lake near Radisson in James Bay, that I discovered a nest. Following that discovery, I made several visits over a period of about a month. My comings and goings of the lake led me to believe that the eggs had not hatched.

In the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to revisit the same lake and to once again see the previous year’s nest (which was not occupied), but also to discover a nest at the other end of the Lake. This time, the new nest was occupied by a couple. That’s when I decided to do a photo story using a kayak as a shooting platform.

In the hopes of covering the incubation period (approximately 30 days), my intention was to follow the couple for a period of 15 to 20 days. So, from mid-June to mid-July, rain or shine, I set out several times a day to take pictures. In order to reduce the loon’s disturbance and also to obtain a greater variety of images, those visits were short and spread throughout the day.

Out of the 4000 images captured during this adventure, 300 have been especially selected for my online image archive of which 60 are shown on this image gallery.



Plongeon huard – Images by Francis Lépine

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