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Old Aug 6, 2008, 8:04 PM   #1
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I was out on the lake this past weekend, fishing rod in one hand, camera in the other when I spotted what looked like strange lump in the water, close against the shoreline. Its head wasn't visible, as it was under water as though looking around.

I closed in for a better look and discovered this immature young loon foraging in the shallows for something to eat. I saw it snatch a minnow - did not have my camera in hand, so missed that shot. Kept shooting while it rooted in the rocky bottom and was rewarded with this capture - loon and crayfish. A moment after this was taken, the crayfish was shaken topieces which the loon then proceeded to swallow. I knew that loons ate fish - now I know they can eat crayfish as well.

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Old Aug 6, 2008, 8:06 PM   #2
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Close up. Thanks for looking and commenting. Cheers, Dan
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Old Aug 8, 2008, 12:15 AM   #3
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cool capture dan. looks like it is still quite immature judging by all the downy fur on it. i'm surprised that it can digest all that exoskeleton of the crayfish.

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Great photo Dan, Mmmm, I have a hankerin' for some lobster. :lol:
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Old Aug 8, 2008, 2:49 PM   #5
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I always take them apart too and eat the tail after pealing it, but then that is just me!

Very nice shot.

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Old Aug 8, 2008, 9:58 PM   #6
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Great captures.
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Wow! Great story and captures. That's why we need to bring our cameras whenever we leave the house.

Nice job Dan.

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Wow!! Awesome catch Dan! What a treat this must have been to see a youngster like this already doing what comes naturally. Great shots....cheers...Don
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 10:58 AM   #9
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I know that the Loons here are quite shy--I would LOVE to see a baby-- GREAT SHOTS!

Did ya catch any?
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 7:03 PM   #10
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Thanks for your kind comments friends. Colleen, thatwas a baby - born earlier this year and growing fast.All the babies look like this.

Here's the same fella / gal taken just yesterday (went fishing - brought my camera)as you can see,the fuzz is making place for the feathers. Cheers, Dan
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