25 Jul

What a Surprise!

a loon in the water

I had such a great surprise the other afternoon.

We were swimming at the lake about 5:30 in the afternoon.

We like to swim away from the beach area – less people and deeper water.

In fact, we were the only ones there at the time – and it was great.

Turning from back floating to front floating, I caught a glimpse of something black and white just beyond my grasp on the top of the water.

I almost let out a shriek – it wasn’t  a head of another swimmer, and it was too small to be a bathing suit clad body part.

Then, the most sleekest black head I have ever seen rose out of the water and it had a bright red eye.

It finally registered in my brain what it was – a Loon, with a half eaten fish hanging out of its beak.

Such beautiful, perfect, most distinct markings it had on its body.

That bird had just come up from under the water, and he was completely dry and oh-so sleek!

He floated for a bit beside me – enough time for me to tell my husband who also got a good look at him, then back under the water he went.

He reappeared next way out beyond the swim area that surrounds the park.

In that quick minute he had traveled quite a distance under the water – with the fish still in his mouth.

He finished eating the fish then went under again.

We never saw him reappear even though we spent quite a bit of time looking for him.

We have been swimming at this lake for 28 years – and this was a first for us.

Mother Nature gave us a special treat – one we will never forget!

4 Responses to “What a Surprise!”

  1. 1
    deejay Says:

    rare time encounter with duck in the wild was fortunate. getting back with nature is so sweet and and delightful.

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    sharkbytes Says:

    Wow… life doesn’t get much better than that! What a great experience.

  3. 3
    Marg Says:

    That must have been so exciting to see the loon. I especially like the picture you put in here with the baby riding on Mom’s back. Thanks for telling us about it.
    Have a great week end.

  4. 4
    kml Says:

    Thanks for stopping by and for your delightful comments. We were indeed most fortunate – one of life’s great gifts!

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