No, there's no red eye and the speckled back isn't there yet. The banding looks different, but it is still a loon. I followed him along the beach for a good 20 minutes. I took pictures, he ignored me. The food was far too interesting. He would look at me from time to time but then again maybe he was wondering what this northern-bred and raised human-type person was doing here.
I guess neither of us like the winter we have been having.
But it was good to visit with the loon for a while.
I gave up as he kept at his feeding until sunset.