Thursday, July 16, 2009

diving lessons

Remember the loon family I posted about approximately three weeks ago?

I was on the same lake today, finishing up a vegetation survey, and I saw them again! The babies have grown from tiny fuzzballs to big, demanding fuzzballs. Both parents were busy diving and bringing up small fish to feed them, and my coworker and I watched in awe as the little ones dipped their heads under the water to watch the adults, then finally disappeared under the surface themselves. Diving lessons. Amazing. And all this happened within fifty feet or so of our boat. This was the best picture I got with the low-zoom work camera; I was lucky to get all four of them on the surface at the same time.

It was kind of a windy, nasty day to be out otherwise, and I was glad to be finished around noon. Tomorrow's high is only supposed to be in the upper fifties. O Summer, where art thou?


Hugh said...

Your post brought back memories of a similar scene when I was a teen at a summer camp in Ontario. Loons are tremendous birds, awe-inspiring when they surface next to you. I miss them.

Hope you get some summer soon.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful sight! I've seen no babies in Maine this year. Thanks for sharing!

digitalzen said...

"O Summer, where art thou? "

Blinked, did you?

RuthieJ said...

Neat picture Deb.
That water looks a little too choppy for this land-lubbin' SE MN resident though!

word verification: entesick (that's what I would probably be in the boat with you!)

Floridacracker said...

summer is spending the season in Florida.