It was the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last time I photograph Common Loon Chicks.

The eggs have hatched and we have twins!! Loon eggs

Loon chicks learn to swim within a day or two and once they swim, they do not return to the nest but ride on the parents back when they tire and for protection from predators. More info about the Common Loon can be found here.

Common Loon pair and Chicks
One Chick is riding on Momma’s back, check out that cute little webbed foot!! 

One little chick is just chillin’ on momma’s back, while the more active sibling (must be a female) swims about full of curiosity and is already exploring her world.

Common Loon pair and chicks
Both parents are involved in the care and feeding of the Loon Chicks.

It was the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last.

I am now hooked on following and photographing these wonderful birds, these symbols of the wilderness and solitude. I want to follow these twins as they mature, as they learn to dive for their own food and become independent. I want to be there to hear there soulful call in the early morning mist. Then, in early Autumn, I want to see them gather with other newly matured loons to fly south for the winter. 

Opening Line