Skip to main content

Gallery: Watching Loons with the Eyes of a Sketch Artist

By Jessica Laman; Video by Tim Laman

From the Summer 2021 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now.

I spent much of last summer curled at the edges of lakes in Maine, binoculars in one hand, gazing out at the loons on the water, then glancing down to sketch them in my notebook. With high school out for the summer I was able to join my dad, wildlife photographer Tim Laman, on a project filming loons in Acadia National Park. Sketching for the first time in the field, I learned that I’m able to appreciate a greater level of detail watching birds with a pen in my hand, as my mind decodes the shapes and patterns to translate them onto paper.

The short film above, Loons of Mount Desert Island, Maine, was filmed by Tim Laman and produced by the Cornell Lab’s Center for Conservation Media.

Special thanks to the Somes Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary for help with finding and monitoring loon nests for this project.

The Cornell Lab

All About Birds
is a free resource

Available for everyone,
funded by donors like you

American Kestrel by Blair Dudeck / Macaulay Library

Get Living Bird Subscribe Now