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MAP71112_760 Runaway Loon [Explore]

A Common Loon goes flapping and running along the surface of the quiet lake in order to get enough speed and momentum to take flight. Loons are well-adapted for swimming and diving, yet they are quite awkward in getting off the water. With feet set far back on their body and large size, it takes a long distance sprint in order for a loon to make it off the water. Loons may become stranded if they land on a lake that is too small for adequate runway, or if they wait too long to migrate and loose vital water surface to early ice. It was a rare treat to watch this runaway Loon take-off into the sunset. (Best viewed large.)

8/5/12 Explore #321—Thanks for all the terrific feedback!

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Taken on July 11, 2012