Yesterday, while I was counting birds at the lake, I came across this lost juvenile Pacific loon.
He seemed pretty relaxed, mostly grooming himself.
I've seen common loons at this lake (Lake Murray) before, but not Pacific loons. During the winter, Pacific loons live near the ocean. Later, someone saw an adult at the same lake. I think the two might be calling to each other. The other loon was quite a distance away from this baby. They might have arrived together.
I didn't take many other pictures that day because I was busy counting. but, I added this one of a snowy egret chasing small fish around. It's an awful lot of energy to spend on catching such small prey.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!
4 weeks ago