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"Red-throated Loon"
Red-throated Loon:    Ehrlich, Dobkin, and Wheye, in their 1988 publication "The Birder's Handbook", wrote "While loons may be thought to have been named for their crazy calls, the term actually is a corruption of the word loom which means 'lame' in the language of the Shetland Island, and refers to the awkwardness of these birds on land."


 
January ... Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington ...

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Red-throated Loon, Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray, cold, with drizzle. Image taken January 5, 2013. Canon SX50.
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Red-throated Loon, Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray, cold, with drizzle. Image taken January 5, 2013. Canon SX50.


January ... Blind Slough, Oregon ...

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Red-throated Loon, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.

Blind Slough, Oregon, located approximately 15 miles east of Astoria, winds itself along the floodplain on the south side of the Columbia River. The concrete bridge across the Slough is a great place to photograph diving birds such as the Red-throated Loon. During the winter of 2007-2008 an Arctic Loon hung out. Apparently the fishing was good.
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Red-throated Loon, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.


January ... Saspal Slough, Oregon ...

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Red-throated Loon, adult winter plumage, Saspal Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.


January ... Columbia River at Hayden Island ...

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Red-throated Loon, Columbia River at Hayden Island, Portland, Oregon. Warm sunny winter day. Image taken January 24, 2015. Canon SX50.
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Red-throated Loon, Columbia River at Hayden Island, Portland, Oregon. Warm sunny winter day. Image taken January 24, 2015. Canon SX50.


January ... Lewis River at Woodland, Washington ...

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Red-throated Loon, Lewis River, Woodland, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken January 31, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Red-throated Loon (2nd individual), Lewis River, Woodland, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken January 31, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Red-throated Loon (2nd individual), Lewis River, Woodland, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken January 31, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


July ... Columbia River at Clatsop Spit, Oregon ...

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Red-throated Loon, breeding plumage, Columbia River at Clatsop Spit, Oregon. Overcast and gray. Image taken July 31, 2012. Canon Rebel, 300mm w/1.4.


August ... Seaside Cove, Seaside, Oregon ...

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Red-throated Loon, Seaside Cove, Seaside, Oregon. Beautiful summer day. Image taken August 13, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Red-throated Loon, Seaside Cove, Seaside, Oregon. Beautiful summer day. Image taken August 13, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Seaside Cove, Seaside, Oregon ...

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Red-throated Loon, Seaside Cove, Seaside, Oregon. Sunny, windy, cold, beautiful day. Image taken November 26, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.



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