Photography and Art

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Loon Feeding

It was a fine Haliburton morning. There was a slight mist on the lake, but the sun was up in the east and was shining its golden light intensely on our shore. It was very early and I was the only one on the beach. A family of loons was feeding inside the sand bar. The mother would duck under the water and swim around looking for a minnow. Her two babies would duck their heads under the water to watch her hunt. When the mother spotted a fish, she would put on a sudden burst of speed and I could see the wake travelling at an incredible rate until she caught the fish. Once caught, the fish would be presented to the two babies for a snack.

In this sequence of three pictures, the mother has caught a fat minnow and presents it to the nearest baby. Before the minnow can be consumed, the other chick swims like crazy not to be left out of the proceedings and, in the final picture, the two chicks share the minnow.

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