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Monday, March 11, 2013

Pacific Loon in New Jersey

Last night I got a text about a Pacific Loon in nearby Morris County, NJ--a first county record for this species.  After the kids got on the bus for school this morning, I headed over and was able to get some digiscoped shots of the bird as it swam laps around an office park detention pond.  My most urban Pacific Loon yet (beating out my first county record and sewage pond sighting at Hornsby Bend in 1998).

Like shooting fish in a barrel, a loon in a detention pond!

Not maybe where you would expect to see a Pacific Loon, on either coast, but what the heck!
At any rate, here are some of the better shots I managed of the actual bird.

You can see the white eyelids on this shot of the bird sleeping briefly

OK, not a great shot, except for the action as it dives!

Perhaps my favorite shot

Not a great shot, but a more typical Pacific Loon posture

I love it when loons look under the water for food

Why do we always focus on shots from the side?  I like the grays in the head as it is going away

Going away now


The Urban Birder said...

Nice one!

An urban Pacific Loon - can't get much better than that!

Hope that you are well fella!

Unknown said...

Good job on the photo documentation of a county record.

Anonymous said...

What a blast it was to see the Pacific Loon in New Jersey! I managed to see it late on Tuesday. Super cool!

purplefinn said...

Gorgeous bird. Thanks.

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Anonymous said...

may 11 2013 just saw a loon in loveladies nj in the lagoon on panaroma drive 1st loon I ever saw in nj amazingbetween

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I love the lake.. so peaceful :) Beef Jerky

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