June 19, 2016
A pair of Red-Throated loons nest in a small pond close by. It is the smallest of the loons, sitting low in the water, the bill is slightly upturned. Took out the spotting scope and began the sketch as it was spending quite a bit of time in the same place.
I spent some time trying to get the proportions correct, finally taking a few distant photos that gave me some additional shape and contour in the dimly lit rain soaked afternoon.
I watched the loon preen, dipping and splashing, water falling across its back. It would finally raise its body to wing flap, then fall back into preening.