A couple weeks back, I was lucky enough to come upon two adult Bald Eagles while out in my kayak on Loon Lake in Chestertown NY. I was also hoping to see the lake's namesake Common Loons, but a paddle around almost the entire lake that day came up empty.
I returned a couple weeks later, but since I was there to close camp, I had no plans to get out on the water. As we loaded the car though, the loons came to us. Not more than 30-40 feet off shore swam two Common Loons.
I grabbed my camera, hoping to get a couple images of the loons. They were transitioning into their winter plumage, so their shiny black heads were now a dull black on top and becoming a dirty white on the chin, cheeks and neck. The barred white necklace was still present as was the familiar checkered back.
During one of their dives, I sneaked closer, crouching in an empty firewood bin. I hoped they'd swim closer for some photographs from my makeshift blind. But they only drifted away, continuing to dive and emerge further and further down the lake.