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Thursday, June 13, 2019

It is what it is....but how did that happen?

A few weeks ago, I went to Anchorage and searched for a specific bird.   I'd been looking for it for two years, all while admiring photos others had posted of it.

I was getting discouraged.   Finally, I received corrected directions and looked some more.   Nothing.

I was getting even more discouraged, as this bird--a red-throated loon--was said to swim right up to you, making some great opportunities for close ups.   I got in the car and started to leave, when a bird flew in front of me and landed in the grass.

Oh, well, I thought.   May as well see what this is.    It turned out to be a robin, but in following it along the edge of the lake, I spotted the loon.

I sat down on a timber and aimed my big lens at it.   I got off only a few frames, when suddenly, the loon was swimming underwater figure eights RIGHT BESIDE ME!  

It surfaced just a few feet away, far too close for my big lens.   I pulled out a pocket camera and snapped away.

I didn't expect much from the photos.   The day was overcast, the light dull, and rain was falling.

I was astonished to see what I'd captured when I downloaded the photos.   It just goes to prove that while you don't always get what you want, sometimes something else is much better.


  1. Sometimes you just get lucky, and you deserve it. Beautiful.

  2. Great that the robin indicated you should not leave yet! I had never even heard of a red-throated loon, let alone seen a picture of one. Stunning. Hugs from Siberia. Patti and Cap

  3. Too funny. A red throated-Loon you'd been looking for suddenly showed up. I sure know-the-feeling about some of my photos coming out great when I figured they would not. And I think that some of the things I chase after on Trip Advisor are crazy. Fun story. Smiling with Patti .. Cap