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How low can you go?

A winter plumage, Common Loon, just outside Los Angeles Harbor. I think all birders initially ID loons by their low profile in the water. This one seemed to be sinking as I was watching him.

 

The water "inside" the Cabrillo fishing pier was actually a greenish tint, while the water subjected to more wave action was blue. Algae or perhaps some kind of phytoplankton??

 

Looks way better in light box.

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Taken on January 27, 2012