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Old Jun 1, 2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Had fun watching this new mother with two chicks. Pushed my Sigma 150-500mm to the max as you can see. Not the best quality photos, but some good poses.

Need to research what mother loons feed their chicks. Looks like she's offering a minnow here, but I think mom ended up eating it.



Was able to capture the red eye and the teal neck ring in this shot. Both parents had been feeding, leaving the chicks bobbing in the waves for quite a while. They were ready for a ride on mom's back.



This guy was first up and appears to be looking at the funny man with the big thing on his face. The brown lump in the water is the second chick waiting his turn to climb on.


And now the second one climbs aboard.


They were fun to watch. Pictures taken at Crex Meadows near Grantsburg, WI. using Pentax Kx.
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That is a pretty cool series. The little ones look like floating furballs!
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Old Jun 3, 2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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Very nice pics....isn't the Loon the State bird of Minnesota ?

Reminds me of an encounter with Loons.

About 15 years ago my family rented a lake shore cabin in the Canadian Shield. Around midnight...I was still up in the cabin and heard the haunting call that Loons make....somewhere out on the lake.

I went out and the Aurora Borealis was lighting up the dark northern sky in a wonderful light show.

I woke my wife up to see this beautiful display accompanied by the sound of the Loons.
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Yes, loons are our state bird. We're thinking of making the tick the state insect, thereby creating a state of loon-a-ticks.

Returned Sat. with my wife and the chicks were much bigger just three days later. They'd started diving and getting their own food already.

Their call is indeed haunting and a thrill to watch them thru the lens as their calling.
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Interesting captures that you have there. Cute chicks.


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