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    This fellow was imaged last summer in Northern Michigan. Very cool, blue/gray morning. It was late enough in the summer that the adults would start to lose their breeding plumage soon, but he was still looking handsome at the time.

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    Post: 15% crop for comp. Selective sharpening of bird

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    Superb detail. What a wonderful portrait. My eye is drawn to the small red spec in the eye. Much as I love the green water in many of your loon images, this cool gray gives a different, and equally beautiful, mood.

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    Your Loon images are superb. There are all clear and detailed.

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    Thanks gentlemen.

    Bill, the red spot is caused by a small drop of water on the lid margin, which is catching the sunlight and projecting it onto the iris. I know that you can't really tell that at this small image size, and I should probably just remove it, but it is so neat on the full size image that I left it.

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    Hi Randy, good look back pose which in turn has given you a perfect HA. Excellent sharp detail on the head, well exposed, and the droplets add interest. Bill stated what I immediate thought when I opened your image - we are so used to your green waters, but these blue waters really stand out having known your work over time.

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    Couldn't be any better, a beauty!

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    This is lovely.
    Great POV and I love the color tones in this image and now that you have explained the spot on the eye I agree with you keeping it,
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    I agree with all the positives above :) Love the low-rider block-headed look and the sharpness.

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    Another 'corker' of an image of this subject Randy, you just nail this time and time again.

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    Thanks everyone for the comments. Always appreciated.

    Come on spring!

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