The Common Loon and the Snowy OwlPosted: November 26, 2012
It goes without saying that drawing stuffed animals allows you to get closer to them than you would in nature. And now that I have had a closer look, I don’t think there is anything common about the Common Loon. I have often watched these birds on our Quebec lakes in the summer and I have written about their haunting calls in a previous post but I have never been close enough to one to study the details of its uncommon beauty. With its black head, white striping, black collar and spotted back, it is most definitely the Audrey Hepburn of the bird world. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to be more precise.
As for the loon’s neighbour at the Redpath Museum, there wasn’t a child who didn’t exclaim “Harry Potter!” as they walked past the snowy owl.