I spent a couple of hours today with this bird, first time I have ever seen this species – a red-throated loon. So where is the red-throat you say? Well, this bird is in its winter plumage, so no red throat this time of year. It it pretty rare to see a bird like this around here. Its breeding range is up in the northern parts of Canada and into the Arctic. However, my National Geo field guide indicates they are known to migrate through the Eastern Great Lakes. So lucky for me and the other birders that have been reporting its sighting. I had the bird to myself, most likely because of the 30 mph gusting winds, 31 deg F and occasional blizzard conditions today. Great spring weather.
Though the loon was often quite far away, a few times it would go on its diving missions. So I just sat myself down on the shoreline and watched. What amazed me was the amount of territory the loon covered underwater. It started probably 75-100 feet out or so, and popped up fairly close to the shore where I could get some closer shots. One time it popped up with a fish and the nearby seagulls immediately dive bombed the loon trying to snatch its catch, causing it to dive again. A few more shots of this red-throated loon are in my gallery.