The Great Northern Loon is a large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds. The species is known as the Common Loon in North America. These birds are common where I live now and I have photographed them a few times.
I really love to take pictures of them in the spring when they have they babies with them. They are very protective of their young, which often do not live to see adulthood due to predators on land, in the air and in the water.