Another Morning With The Loons

July 08, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Tuesday morning found me back out with our loon family. We had a dark, cloudy start to the morning, but the sun broke through by the time the loons got going with their day.

One of our parents taking a break during preening to have a look around. Common loonCommon loonCommon loon

Both chicks appear to be doing well, they're growing quickly. Both were active and eager to feed. I parked my kayak near the shallow water where they've been feeding. It didn't take long before they came over and started scrounging up breakfast. This little guy seemed curious about me.
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The parents made many forays for food for the chicks. Here's one with a horned pout for the chicks. This is the first time I've seen a parent kill (or at least seriously wound) food for the chicks. Usually they deliver it alive, often dropping it in the water in front of the chick to let the chick practice hunting.
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This parent is trying to deliver what appears to be a pickerel to the chicks, but let it slip. It had to be relocated and grabbed again.
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The parent drops the fish back in the water and the chick looks for it.

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The chick has caught the fish and is working to get it down.
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Here's another delivery, this time a small enough fish to swallow easily.

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One chick managed to hunt down a leaf all on its own.
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The leaf received a good thrashing, but still turned out not to be tasty. Common loonCommon loonCommon loon, North Haverhill, New Hampshire
The chicks are both preening and cleaning feathers regularly.

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Here's a chick reaching back to rub his uropygial gland. Common loonCommon loonCommon loon
But, mostly, the chicks spent the morning just being cute. Common loonCommon loonCommon loon


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