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    Default Foot assisted take off - common loon

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    Taken a a couple of weeks ago. This adult common loon was taking off past me, and I thought this image showed the effort it takes for them to get airborne. With the highest wing loading of any flying bird, they have to really work to take off. This includes helping build speed with their giant feet as they patter across the water until they achieve lift off. It was a heavily overcast day, resulting in an almost black and white image except for the little pop of crimson in the eyes.

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    Advice and comments always appreciated . I liked the framing because I feel it shows the takeoff path across the lake well.

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    Great action shot focus spot on love the right wing tip just hitting the water surface. I like the appearance of the head and bill - he really looks as though he is putting some effort in.

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    Well captured Randy.....It does show the effort for them to be airborne....I really like the position of both legs and feet.... It looks good with the splashing behind the bird....I would consider moving the bird more right in the frame, which would still show the splashing water...As Jon said, the wing tip hitting the water looks real good...

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