Common Loon

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Apparently I completely forgot to upload my senior thesis project. WHOOPS.

Because I like birds and making giant themed projects, I created a bird-themed set of the major arcana cards in a tarot deck and called it “Talon Tarot”. I learned about what each of the cards means and then I tried to place a bird that I thought would go along with each meaning. The whole thing was pretty niche but I think it went over well. I want to finish the deck at some point but, uh…we’ll see.

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Common Loon - Gavia immer

The “Common Loon” isn’t exactly common anymore, at least in North America, and it’s more commonly called the “Great Northern Loon”.

Despite its superficial similarities to ducks, loons are not closely related to the family Anatidae. They’re members of the family Gaviidae, of which only 5 species are still extant.

Despite their agile water skills, and their exquisite diving form, loons are absolutely clunky and awkward on land, which gave them their name in English and the Scandinavian languages.Their nests are always constructed right near the water, because they can hardly walk without stumbling over their huge feet - a short hop out of the water is about all they can muster.

Images: Wikimedia Commons

So I managed another quick thing for Inktober. Apparently I ink faster than anything else I do, so long as it’s monochromatic. I guess that’s a good thing to remember. (I’m otherwise terribly slow.)

A loon, because I love them. India ink (black and red) and wash on bristol paper.

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I grew up listening to this unbelievably haunting song. It is unique among birds and is very reminiscent of how whales communicate underwater. It is easily my favorite sound. This video was produced by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY which is (sort of) just south of the Adirondacks.