The Elusive Common Loon’s Unforgettable Voice

Loons are water birds, very shy, and lead a solitary life. They are carnivorous  as they are able to dive to depths of 200 feet in the lake water to feed themselves.  Their life of up to 30 years  is spent on the water except for mating and to incubate their eggs.   They are agile swimmers, and their flight can be up to 70 miles per hour.  Their movement on land is quite awkward.

Loons fascinate  people for two particular reasons: their flight and their call.

Their flight is a challenge as they take off from the water and  need just the right burst of wind as they  flap their wings wildly while “running ” down the runway of  the top of the lake.  I have never seen this  but it must be a sight to see!

We did see lone Loons swimming early in the morning or just at sunset during our week at Canada Lake. At first you might think they are ducks but the beak is more pointed and black in color. Ducks have different coloring with their yellow beaks and colored heads.

The Loon call is indescribable  but you will hear  it on the video. It is not a happy call, but perfect for a solitary bird checking to see if  it  is alone on the lake.  It is quite loud from a small bird and reverberates across the lake.

Another great memory from Canada Lake!



About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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