Sunday, July 6, 2008

Proud Loon Parents

Loons are such good parents. These two stayed close to their babies, feeding them and keeping an eye out for predators. Within 48 hours of hatching, these loon chicks leave the nest and are swimming in the water. The chicks are vulnerable until about 13 weeks of age - and then they can swim and dive better to elude danger.

6 comments:

kjpweb said...

I'm a bit of a loony fan, too. Haven't seen one yet - I can find them only on Florida's coasts - but I hope to see some on my next visit to the Atlantic. But I adore the patterns of their plumage from afar and you're a good proxy!
Cheers, Klaus

Sandy said...

fortyeight hours. That's amazing. I can only dream, haha.

The Birdlady said...

I am so glad to be able to see these photos - thanks

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely loons. Can't wait for more.

Shellmo said...

Kj - I am just addicted to these Loons - everything they do is wonderful to me!

Sandy - ha,ha!

Birdlady - Glad you like seeing them!

NC - many more to come!

Jessica said...

I really like the way the water is sparkling in this photo.