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Baby loon hugs the canoe

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One morning, the male left and than 45 minutes later, came with 3 other loons. We call them ‘visitors’. The usually have several rituals they follow, playing, communicating, competing?. As soon as the mother loon saw them land she dashed over to meet them., several hundreds meters away. To my surprise she left the baby loon completely unattended. While normally the baby would stay close to the shore, this time he was about 60 meters away, completely exposed and easy prey to the Heron, who is always near by. Well she left me to take care of the little one as I often share danger calls with them, when I see him first. As for the baby and his parents, they are very used to be close to me, But the little one especially, often gets very close to me, within a hand reach. He dives well and dispaear under my canoe ocationally.

 

Here he completely disappeared and I realized that he is very near to the canoe. I took my P&Shoot camera of the monopod I have installed on the canoe and just took it to water level and shoot blind. I will post a shoprt video soon. This is just one frame I took out of the sequence.

 

We spent almost 45 minutes together until the parents came back and I was relieved.

 

From wikipedia

Great Canadian Loon -- This diver is well-known in Canada, appearing on the "loonie" coin and the previous series of $20 bill, and is the provincial bird of Ontario. Also, it is the state bird of Minnesota.

The voice and appearance of the Great Northern Loon has made it prominent in several Native American tales. These include a story of a loon which created the world in a Chippewa story; a Micmac saga describes Kwee-moo, the loon who was a special messenger of Glooscap (Glu-skap), the tribal hero; native tribes of British Columbia believed that an excess of calls from this bird predicted rain, and even brought it; and the tale of the loon's necklace was handed down in many versions among Pacific Coast peoples. Folk names include big loon, black-billed loon, call-up-a-storm, ember-goose, greenhead, guinea duck, imber diver, ring-necked loon, and walloon.

 

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Taken on July 4, 2011