Loon Family

Loons are in the family Gaviidae, which in Latin means 'sea smew' (note: smews are small crested Old World ducks.) In Europe, they are called Divers because of their superior diving abilities. Loons are foot-propelled diving birds that are represented by four species in North Eurasia and North America. Loons were once thought to be related to Grebes, but have been found to have no relationship to any other living order of birds. The earliest fossil records of loon go back to the Paleocene age, over 65 million years ago!

  • MM2929 9y

    Great...my favorite water bird...hear them most every night!!

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  • Mark Schurig 9y

    I love the loons, the water droplets that you captured on its head are really neat, I love loons it reminds me of when I was a child and stayed with my aunt. They have a lovely evening song.
  • AlexandraPhotos (mac73t) 9y

    Absolutely wonderfl image. I have never seen Loons before. This is a great capture
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  • Faísca 9y

    Great detail
  • Susan Freeman 9y

    they are so beautiful!! wonderful photo!!..:))Animal Addiction!
  • backroadshutterbug 9y

    Fantastic Capture!
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  • Gabby 9y

    Fantastic picture. Well done.
  • Buckeye. 9y

    Great northern diver/common loon Gavia immer - 2 adults in breeding plumage, and 2 that might be one day.
  • MistyDays / CB 9y

    beautiful imges of loons. Are you aware of the recent bird fossil discovery that they've called "loon like" and dates to 110 m years ago??? ;-)
  • Dan Tristram 9y

    No I don't recall hearing about it. Thank you all for your views and comments. :-)
  • Marinell Turnage 9y

    Your loon pics amaze me. We just returned from a week's vacation in New Hampshire. I was thrilled that we saw some loons, but my attempts at photographing them left much to be desired. How did you get close enough? I will just have to enjoy your photos and not worry about trying to get one myself. We do not have loons in Texas. No clear water around here. But they fascinate me. I learned much more about them at the Loon Center near Moultonborough, NH.
  • FatWagtailPhotography 8y

    I really like your Bird photo!

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  • SparkyLeigh 8y

    Excellent
  • Dragon Master 8y

    Excellent Capture. Well done!!!

    I think this bird image is really excellent. You are invited to post it to Excellence In Avian Photography. Please read the rules before posting your image.
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