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!