Kennebec River excursion leads to loon-y photos

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, at 1:29 p.m.

Dave and Deb Small made their annual excursion to Bath and Kennebunkport last week with Deb’s sister and brother-in-law. Once again, the Kennebec River in Bath gave up a nice opportunity. As they approached the river, they noticed two seals making their way up river from under the bridge, most likely hunting harbor Pollock.

The next morning Dave walked down the Kennebunk River in Kennebunkport toward the breakwater. A few fishing boats passed by as they put out to sea just before dawn and he found a place to sit and wait for the sun to rise over Cape Arundel and Walker point.

As the sun rose, birds started to appear…first waves of ducks, probably mallards, flew overhead in groups of twenty or more. Next, a few grebes came into sight, riding the waves and diving for breakfast. Loons in winter plumage swam into the mouth of the river and continued swimming up stream.

Dave followed them along the riverbank, taking a few photos along the way. He spent some time with one loon that was aggressively hunting crabs, and also saw one eating a small fish, before heading back to the B&B hungry and cold, but satisfied with his early morning adventure.