Friday, July 17, 2009

First glimpse of my Loon chick


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It's been a great week at the cabin and I am looking forward to getting back on Sunday and catching up with all of my birdy blogger friends!

I was excited to find my Loon chick a couple days ago. He did have a sibling that hatched but sadly did not make it - I believe a predator must've gotten it. (I've seen a bald eagle in the vicinity.)

This baby is doing very well for 3 weeks old. He's already able to do shallow dives in the water. I'm praying the boaters and jet skiers heed the posted signs and are careful to watch out for him as he still can't dive deep enough to avoid them. I will have more photos upon my return. Hope all of you have had a great week!

46 comments:

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Awww, how exctiting! I have never seen baby loons.

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

LOL, I got so excited I spelled exciting wrong!

Leedra said...

Been waiting on these it seems like FOREVER! I know you are so excited.

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Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I was hoping you'd have good news about the loon family!

A Joyful Chaos said...

What a delightfully lovely blog! This will be one of the few my entire family will be enjoying.

Jenny said...

That's one gorgeous chick Shelley. You must've been chuffed to see it. I hope it makes it to maturity.

JKoenig said...

What a nice "family" portrait. I'm happy for you.

Mildred said...

I've never seen a chick before either. Really cute!

Daisy said...

He's so cute! I'm so glad you were able to get some pictures. Have a great weekend, Shelley! :)

bennie and patsy said...

Sweet !
Patsy

Elaine said...

Lovely portrait of the family and such a cute chick. I'm looking forward to more photos.

Dorothy said...

Glad to see your Loon chick. Cute! I know you are excited about it.

Ginnymo said...

What a precious photo!! I am so glad you got to see them Shelly!! He is so tiny! I hope he stays safe and grows up like his parents.

dAwN said...

How wonderful Shelly,
sorry that one didnt make it..

Jain said...

Congratulations! It's a beautiful photo. Best wishes to the family.

Bonnie, Original Heart Studio said...

Lovely family portrait - and great blog. I'll visit often.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A good looking family.I too hope this little one reaches maturity.
Blessings,Ruth

Kelly said...

What a sweet, sweet baby and such a fantastic photo. It melts my heart to see the three of them floating along! I hope the baby stays safe...

Ms. ~K said...

I have a tear in my eye...such a lovely sight and I'm thrilled for you!
Kit

holdingmoments said...

Good to see the next generation doing well Shelley.
Hope he makes it all the way.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Shell---I've missed you. Hope you had a wonderful week. Glad that at least one baby loon made it. Hope it will continue to grow and do well.

Great pictures.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Rural Rambler said...

What a tiny little body. Sweet family outing picture Shelley. I want the parents to get that little body raised safe and sound!

Kim said...

Shelley, your pictures warm my heart!!! Sadly very few loon chicks made it hear this year so I longed to see some young. Such sweet, sweet birds!

Jayne said...

Awwww... glad you were able to see him Shelley and hope it makes it. :c)

Judy said...

How wonderful...I love seeing sights like this.

NCmountainwoman said...

Hooray! I'm so glad we have a surviving chick. And what a beauty!

Montanagirl said...

Great photo! That chick is so cute.

Sharon said...

How sweet. So precious. When you have time I have to mail something to you, but I don't have your address. Sharon

Bird Girl said...

Oh how SWEET to see that little loon tagging behind its parents - I'm so happy you got to get a picture - yippee!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Shelley, what a great photo! I'm so happy that one of the chicks has made it this far. Can't wait to see the rest of your pics!

Nick S said...

Lovely little thing . I look forward to more from you soon :-)

Tina said...

Yipee!! I know how excited you must be to have found him doing so well!!
Just love loons and your pics!!

Knatolee said...

What a beautiful family photo.

The Retired One said...

AWESOME!!!!
I see he doesn't have any black and white markings on him yet. How old are they before that happens?
Looking forward to more pictures!

Lanny said...

Great picture! After watching some little guys here go for their first flight in the apple orchard I am amazed that any of the little buggers make it!

T and S said...

The blue waters forms a beautiful backdrop for this bird shot.

Mary said...

What a cute little thing! His beak has a lot of growing to do, to look like the parents :-) I'm glad one survived.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Shelly: That is a wonderful capture, the chick with both parents. That is neat.

Deb said...

What a sweet photo of the Loon chick with her parents :-)I've never seen a baby Loon before. How exciting for you to experience them at the cottage!

HANNIBAL said...

Yea! Can't wait to see more!

jalynn01 said...

I've been waitin' on this little fella and there he is! Can't wait for more photos...

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Shell, what an AWESOME loon photo!!! I love hearing about your bird watching adventures and viewing the photos. You are such a precious blogger!!!

Hugs, JJ

BirdingMaine said...

Very nice photo Shelley!

We saw Loon chicks when we were on vacation but they were much to far off for photos.

Vickie said...

Great image. So glad this chick is surviving!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

That's so cute!

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Tim Rucci said...

The little guy is so cute...
I had never seen a loon myself until a few weeks ago in Alaska, but I was not close enough for a photograph. I'm looking forward to watching the chick grow up.