Common Loons are not too hard to find along the coastlines of Florida in the winter, but for some reason, I almost never see them up close. They seem always to be far off, so my photos usually amount to being little more than an ID shot for eBird. But when I was at Fort De Soto on Feb. 1, this particular Loon gave me a very good photo opportunity. What I love about this particular bird is that is was swimming along the shoreline, and as it crested the wave, you could see its feet under the clear water. This made my day.
As I was enjoying this loon, a flock of Black Skimmers flew by too. Icing on the cake!