Posted by Sarah Lindquist on May 19, 2014 at 8:11 am
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This is a Common Loon in breeding plumage taken off the pier in Port Angeles, WA, USA. In was diving and just surfaced for this photo. Loons commonly hang around the pier diving for food and I often find them with small crabs. This was taken earlier this May.
I used a 55-300mm Nikkor Lens with my Nikon D7000. I did minimal editing in Photoshop CS6, mostly just adjusting for the harsh light in the early evening that day, crop for framing and a bit of sharpening.
ISO 320, Shutter Speed 1/1250, F/5.6, 300mm focal length.