‘Loon Man’ coming to Westport

John Rockwood's photo of young loon Grapenut riding on a parent's back. John Rockwood's photo of young loon Grapenut riding on a parent's back.

John Rockwood's photo of young loon Grapenut riding on a parent's back.

John Rockwood’s photo of young loon Grapenut riding on a parent’s back.

John Rockwood, author, professional photographer and naturalist, also known as “The Loon Man” will be the speaker when the Paskamansett Bird Club visits Westport on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The talk and the club’s monthly meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., in the Westport Public Library, 408 Old County Road..

Mr. Rockwood will provide a multi-media show centered on his experiences with these birds, especially Grapenut, a loon chick who adopted him into his loon family and shared his first two seasons with him.

Learning to fly, catching prey, playing hide and go seek and riding on his parents’ backs are just some of the loon behaviors young Grapenut displayed to Mr. Rockwood. These and other activities will be the focus of the presentation, which is supported in part by a grant from the Westport Cultural Council.

Mr. Rockwood spent his early years in Needham as a very active Cub and then Boy Scout, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. These years nurtured his love of wildlife. He started taking photos at age five with  Brownie box camera. Now, more than 55 years later, he continues to capture and share his boyhood fascination and love of wildlife through digital photos and videos.

Since November 2006, Mr. Rockwood has entertained audiences with his spectacular collections of narrated and informative shows, which include a wide array of other wildlife indigenous to the Northeast and across the United States.

The meeting is free, open to the public, and accessible.

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