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!