Arctic Loon (juvenile)

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And Arctic Loon project begins… It was a lifer for me, and many other birders as this extremely rare, northern bird made one of less-than-a-dozen appearances in the lower 48 this past week. What a thrill! I’ve opted for an over-the-back composition so I could show the feet underwater. Shots taken of the Arctic Loon by noted photographers have been enormously helpful, as I was too excited to make a field sketch. With all the ripples and water droplets on the back… this should be a challenge! It’s going to take some time.

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