Northern Loon

Loons Are Still Here

It’s the middle of April and the Loons are still on the New England shores and inlets. I have been told the lakes are still frozen up north.

While they may not be migrating yet their mating plumage is evident. During the winter they are fairly drab in color. Come spring the striking black and white coloring we associate with Loons returns.

One of the great things to witness with Loons is the take off. In the water they are incredibly graceful. On land they can hardly stand.

However, when a Loon takes flight to leave the water it’s a sight to behold.

Basically they standup on their big web feet (in the water) and start to flap their wings….. and run really really fast.  Ultimately they get in the air, but you almost feel yourself trying to help them.

The shots below are a step by step take off.

Loon Take Off
Loon Take Off
Loon Take Off
Loon Take Off
Loon Take Off
Loon Take Off
Loon Take Off
Loon Take Off
Loon Take Off
Loon Take Off

I almost want to applaud when they get airborne.

 

 

 

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