June 30th

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

The lake our cabin is on loves their loons.

So much so that a couple of years ago, the lake association integrated two Loon nesting platforms into the lake to encourage loons to nest (obviously), but then also in turn build the loon population by raising young on the lake, hoping they’ll return to the lake in future years. They’ve had great success with them; each year all platforms have been  occupied.

I am all about this idea, especially when it means there are chicks to photograph.

I MEAN LOOK AT ‘EM!

They grow crazy fast too. Two weeks ago, the chicks I saw couldn’t have been more than a couple days old; they were essentially black cotton balls with legs. This guy is at least quadruple that size.

On that note, I have related trivia for you.

As many of us know, when chicks are that small, it’s very common for mom/dad to carry the chick(s) on their backs.

But how on earth do the chicks get all the way up there?

Serious question. I was so perplexed by this that I did some digging.

I finally found a video that showed how it happens and it was so cool. Someone in my family said mom/dad dives under to pick up chick.

Nope.

Someone else said chicks climb up.

Half nope.

The chick swims up alongside mom/dad, and mom/dad loosely extends their wing. Chick swims up and nestles between mom/dad’s body and their wing. Mom/dad half scoops up chick to get them out of the water, boosts chick towards their back, and the chick attempts to climb to the middle of mom/dad’s back.

I’m not sure why I find this so fascinating, but this added another dimension to loons for me.

Have any of you ever seen this happen? If so, I’m jealous!

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