Common Loon mother with one of her two chicks (at 50 days of age). Loon chicks are ready to fly from their natal lake at about 90 days of age.
Here I sit in my easy chair, with the window open, photographing little birds that are just outside. There is a feeder just off to the left in each image. It is kept packed with fat sunflower seeds and these birds know the one rule of the game: If they want the best food around (and they do), then they have to tolerate a little of me at fairly close range. The more I shoot the more they get accustomed to it. But I cannot claim that they like it at all. On one of these days a Chickadee flew through the open window and was so startled by being inside the house that it lost its bearings completely. I thought if we did not pay attention to it that it might calm down, but it did not. We carefully coaxed it over to the opening and out.Read More