The loons have returned for our 2016 season!
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I’m definitely not a pro when it comes to taking pictures but when there’s some beautiful wildlife around I can’t help but whip out my Canon and snap a few shots.
The photos you’ll see in this post are from the first week of May 2016. We had a free moment in the evening so Bob fired up the bass boat and we took a slow ride around Frenchman’s.
Super excited to see all 3 loons from last year. Our returning couple produced only 1 baby then (should I call it a loony?) which is pretty unusual. It was also somewhat late in the season too. I have to say that this experience was completely new to me…and completely fascinating! What incredible creatures.
We were lucky enough to catch a few clicks while taking flight, which I didn’t realize took them so long to get going…sometimes the length of a football field.
In the meantime, I now have crushed sunglasses…because when one is so engulfed in getting “the shot” one apparently doesn’t think about the pair she set down – which were prescription…so if you see me walking around somewhat blind, just point me in the right direction – haha…
Speaking of sight…Ahhh those red eyes…what a handsome couple indeed and their yodeling song has been filling the air at Twin Cedars Resort…how blessed are we?
Now that we are looking at the first week of June, that baby has been sent off to find his own lake and lifetime partner. We can’t wait for the arrival of new hatch-lings…perhaps we’ll even get 2.
A few quick facts about Loons
- They mate for life
- Loons return to the same lake every year and only one couple will be found on an inland lake
- They nest on the ground close to the waters edge
- They typically have 2 hatchlings
- Babies leave the nest on their first day and ride on the backs of their parents
- Loons can grow to 3 feet in length and up to 12 pounds
- Average life span is 30 years