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MAP63012_292 Sweet Loon Dreams

Four-day-old Common Loon chick dreams away this beautfiul summer morning atop its mother's back. Baby loons will use their parents' back as a warm safe platform to rest and sleep. Loons carry their young on their backs during early stage of life to protect them from predators that lurk below the water's surface: muskie, snapping turtles, river otters are some of the many predators that could make a quick meal of this fragile little life. While this scene is serene and peaceful, adult loons are on constant vigil for dangers from below and above. (Best viewed large.)

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Taken on June 30, 2012