Though I was disappointed about only having an hour and a half to photograph the shorebirds at Bottle Beach, that gave us plenty of time to visit Westport and Tokeland to see what birds were there.
Although there were very few loons in the harbor itself, I was thrilled when this Common Loon came hurtling across the water directly at us.
Truthfully, I’ve never seen this behavior though I’ve been photographing loons for over ten years now. It was hard to tell whether the loon was trying to fly or was just using the breaststroke to get away from something.
All I know is that it came skidding across the water at me, turned, and settled into the water,
before striking a noble pose.