A lovely Loon visits a park just a few blocks from my home.
Rotary Park is small but luckily attracted this Common Loon
while on it's migration path. I was thrilled by a report that DeKalb
was a chosen stop by this beautiful water bird.
It peacefully preened, stretched out it's wings then went back to preening
for quite a while as I stood quietly smiling on the edge of the pond while watching.
Then suddenly without warning it went from still to warp speed running across the pond.
I actually held my breath for a short moment while watching it run on top of the pond.
Outside of four Mallard and one Pied-billed Grebe the Loon had the run of the pond so to speak.
There is another small pond behind the main pond here. As I stood at the entrance to the pond,
the Loon suddenly flew over my head and landed in the water.
Within a minute it caught a fish and gobbled it down right in front of me!
The sun was facing the wrong direction for a good photo. I took pictures anyway.
I used my no time to think motto ... shoot now edit later.
These shots are really lightened up but I'm okay with that.
I love them because of the memory that is attached.
After the Loon ate the fish, it moved back farther toward the other side of the pond
and caught a larger fish. It was so big it took the Loon a few minutes to get it down.
A very satisfied Loon resumes a peaceful visit to a local pond in DeKalb, Illinois.