Dangerously cold conditions.
Air temp: 13-15 degrees Fahrenheit
Wind speed: 15-25 mph, gusting to 40 mph
Real temperature: minus 30 Fahrenheit.
Excepting just one individual, all of the upwards of 30 Common Loons were nowhere in sight. Also, most of the Old Squaw or Long-tailed Ducks were gone.
These are dangerously cold temperatures and in these times you find many of the birds congregated in leeward coves, where there are almost no winds. Here, the loons cannot forage for the crabs they subsist on, but they can hold over here until the conditions are more survivable.
When I got back to the truck I relished in the warm heat pouring from the heater vents. Then, as my fingers began to become warmer, the pain increased until I was writhing in severe pain for about 5 minutes.
At one point toward the end of my outing, a large amount of sea spray landed on my zoom lens' barrel that was extended out to 500 mm. I left it extended until I got home, where I could properly remove the salt water residue and replace it with residue from a silicone cloth.