I had been photographing some loons since early June. This was one of them. There were several on the lake and one headed for the other end of the lake. I followed. About an hour later this loon came flapping down the lake right towards me. It was very distressed. Yelping, trying to dive and swimming in circles. Not knowing why, I started shooting pictures. It made several circles around my raft and that is when I saw the fish line. It had been hooked in the left wing at the joint and was trailing about 30 feet of fish line. The poor loon was going crazy as it tried to get rid of it. I quickly as possible beached my raft and after deflating it, I packed everything in the car and when looking for someone that could help. It took about an hour and a half of calling before I found someone from Fish & Game that said they would check on it. By then it was nearly noon. At 5:30 that night they showed up with a boat and a net. They couldn't get anywhere near it. Then the loon dove. That was the first time I had seen it dive since it got hooked that morning. The line had finally broke. It was decided to leave it alone and hope it would recover. I spent many days that summer on the lake with that loon. Taking pictures and watching to see if it could fly. In my pictures I would always see that hook still in the wing joint. The loon did a lot more wing flapping and stretching then they normally do, but, I figured that was good as it helps it to recover. As the summer slipped by it still hadn't gotten into the air. I was really starting to worry if it would ever fly again. September came and went. Then very early in October it started trying to take off. This photo is about a week later of it landing; it actually was able to get airborne. I was so thankful that it would now be able to get off the lake before freeze up. You can still see the hook in the joint of the left wing in this picture. I love loons. That summer I talked to a lot of fisherman about them and asked them to be careful not to hook any more of them.
Cropped, Contrast, Slight Color Adjust, Sharpening
Canon 7D Canon 400mm L series F2.8 Lens