Gavia Immer’s Morning Paddle

A beautiful hour and a half on the lake this morning.  Sun, clear water, and this darling, the common loon, who after an hour of not budging an inch from what must be her nest, slipped into the water and paddle vigorously past me and out toward open water.  The scientific name for the common loon – Gavia immer – strikes me as quite a fitting mouthful of fancy-sounding-ness for this beautiful bird.