Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bird Photography Weekly - Common Loon on Nest

We've had a pair of loons nesting in the bay of the lake we're on for several years now. Last year they successfully raised one chick. This past weekend, I was lucky enough to catch them changing places on the nest. Not being very well suited to walking on land, it was quite a process! The adult that left the nest and took to the water kept a watchful eye on the sky and sent up an alert call when an eagle was overhead. The adult on the nest left it and swam a short distance away. As soon as the eagle moved on, the nest was once again occupied. To see more interesting birds from all over the world, visit Bird Photography Weekly.


  1. Nice photo of the Loon on the nest Tammy! You are so lucky to live in a place where you can hear the Loon's call. Isn't it so cool to be able to observe their nesting activities. I bet you can't wait to see the chicks when they hatch and start swimming!

  2. I'm not sure I understand why they leave the nest when an eagle approaches. I would think staying on the nest would protect the egg. But then, I'm not a loon ..