A Striking Portrayal of Loons: The Iconic Waterbirds

Celebrate the lives of common loons with Loons: The Iconic Waterbirds, a collection of photographs and information by award-winning author and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela.


Their stunning beauty inspires us. Their haunting calls fill us with nostalgia. Loons remind us of joyful days at the lake, of time spent with family. Their arrival each spring signals the end of winter and that warmer days are ahead. Award-winning author, naturalist, and wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela believes that loons are the most fascinating of birds. He has spent years studying loons, noting their behaviors and capturing them in photographs. Stan’s research has spanned major events such as migration and courtship, as well as everyday activities, including feeding and sleeping. 

The result is a striking portrayal of these amazing birds. In Loons: The Iconic Waterbirds, Stan’s extraordinary photographs depict the waterbirds in a new, unique fashion. His fascinating text, drawn from detailed research and personal observations, provides information about every aspect of the loons’ lives. Presented with headings and short paragraphs, the coffee-table book is pleasurable to browse and easy to read. 

“They’re one of my favorite birds because they’re so beautiful,” says Stan. “Their calls can send shivers down my spine, and they have incredible parenting skills.” 

Unmatched by any other book on the market, Loons is a must-have for bird-watchers, waterbird enthusiasts, and nature lovers.

Common Loon adult pair, taken in central Minnesota

About the author: Naturalist, wildlife photographer, and writer Stan Tekiela has written more than 175 field guides, nature books, children’s books, wildlife audio CDs, puzzles, and playing cards, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, wildflowers, and cacti in the United States. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural History from the University of Minnesota and as an active professional naturalist for more than 25 years, Stan studies and photographs wildlife throughout the United States and Canada. He has received various national and regional awards for his books and photographs. 

Also a well-known columnist and radio personality, Stan’s syndicated column appears in more than 25 newspapers, and his wildlife programs are broadcast on a number of Midwest radio stations. Stan can be followed on Facebook and Twitter. He can be contacted via www.naturesmart.com.

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Liliane Opsomer
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