07/10/18 Common Loons 1

Posted: September 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

Well, now we come to my favorites. I guess most of you already know that I love loons and how much I look forward to following the several pairs on Mount Desert Island and in Acadia National Park. Several pairs mated and produced chicks this spring; however, only 3 chicks survive as of this date. One pair has two and the other one.  As bad as that sounds, some years there are none that make it. These three are doing well, but there is still a long way to go until they can fledge. I have been busy photographing them from my kayak since June when the adults started sitting on their eggs. The one pair I follow nested on a man-made floating platform this year. Last year they lost their eggs to a mink days before they were due to hatch. This nest provides some added protection against predators.  OK … get ready for mucho loon pics. I will slip in others posts along the way.

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Man-made Nest Platform

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Two Eggs

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Just a few hours old, the other chick is under her wing.

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Chicks ride on the backs of the adults.

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17 Days Old

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  1. Thomas from Bayonne says:

    Love them all !! Great images Ray.

  2. I can see why you enjoy the Loons so much! Excellent photos as always. They are gorgeous looking birds. Thanks for sharing and opening my eyes to them.

  3. Ken Curtis says:

    Amazing photos, Ray. Wonderful work on your part.

  4. Bonni Myszka says:

    Ray, these photo’s are absolutely beautiful. What an awesome ‘family album’ capture. Congratulations!

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