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    I had my first outing with my beloved loons this weekend. There is a nesting pair that I have followed for years, and they are on the nest. Expect chicks within the next week.

    Z9. 180-600. 540mm, ISO 800. 1/800 sec. Shot from my kayak. About 6" above the water.

    LR & PS. Cropped to taste.
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    Hey Mr Loon is back
    A very fine " opening season shot " ...
    Nice pose , super low gorgeous POV .... lovely . Stunning eye .... good to see you kept all the details in the shot .
    Amazed that you can get such sharpness from your kayak and the relatively slow SS .

    Great work all around

    TFS Andreas

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    Nice to see the Loons back in action here in BPN, Randy!

    Sunset or sunrise?

    A fine pose here. Really nice details, esp in the head/eye. Comp looks good.

    Didn't check but seems the whites in the breast may be a touch hot. Obviously tough to expose blacks and whites but especially when the darker plumage is in the shadows.

    I would evict that speck above the rump at right. TFS.

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    Ditto all the positives above. The far side of the breast seems very bright from here.

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    Andreas: My kayak is a NuCanoe, with a 42" beam, so quite stable. Pain to paddle, so generally use a bow mounted trolling motor.
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    Sunrise, light clouds. I did let the breast stay too hot. It was in 245 range as posted.
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    Beutifully detailed and a super low angle, colours looks spot on.

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    Very nice Randy. Lovely POV. I really like the pose and the colours on the bird. The red eye and the water droplets on the head add so much. I was photographing them on the Isle of Mull a couple of weeks ago, but couldn't get close enough for a decent image. Certainly nothing like your one here. I need a kayak.

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    [. I need a kayak.

    Will[/QUOTE]

    Will:

    Loons are difficult to shoot from shore, for sure. They are constantly moving as they fish and patrol their territory. There is a reason I have a couple of kayaks and two boats that I use for them. Exact rig depends on the lake size, access, etc.

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