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Loon with Baby

Loon with Baby
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Copyright: Trevor McLeod (rapidshot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 419] (2844)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-28 17:07
Viewed: 2561
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I wasn't going to post this because it isn't a great shot, but it did show something worthy of posting. The mother Loon was swimming within 10 feet of her baby. The baby is slightly older now and doesn't ride on her back anymore. The mother dives for minnows or snail or crawfish etc... and retrieves them for her baby. I was lucky enough to get a shot of the food being tossed to her baby. The whole time the baby was learning from it's mother how to fish and would itself lower it's head in the water for food but not dive yet.

Excerpt from Wikipedia.com:

All loons are decent fliers though the larger species have some difficulty taking off, needing a run into the wind to pick up enough velocity to get airborne. Only the Red-throated Diver can take off from land. Once airborne, their considerable stamina allows them to migrate long distances southwards in winter, where they reside in coastal waters. Loons can live as long as 30 years.

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