Our weekend loon experience started, at least for me, on Friday, when my husband and I were relaxing on our dock, he with a beer, me with a book. Partway across the lake, we spotted a loon, which is always exciting to see. But as we watched, the loon looked like it was behaving oddly, so I took out my little Sony point & shoot camera which has a terrific zoom on it, so that I could get a closer look. And this is what I saw:
The loon repeatedly stretched up his neck and head.
And he lifted his body partway out of the water and flapped his wings.
But he didn't fly. And he didn't dive. Typically, when watching a loon, you suddenly notice him pop up somewhere. Then, he looks around for a moment, goes down for a dive, and comes up a minute or two later in a completely different location.
Instead, this loon slowly swam down the lake, taking his time, and never once diving. So I was curious. I grabbed my camera and got in my kayak and quietly paddled in the direction of the loon. And as I got very close, I noticed a few things. First of all, the loon didn't do a disappearing act when I came close. Second of all, I noticed this:
At one point, someone riding a jet ski came barreling in his direction. I screamed 'LOON' (and a few other choice words) and pointed madly, but the jet ski rider didn't turn or slow. The loon very briefly went under water and immediately resurfaced.
A couple more loon shots -
The following day, Sunday, I did not see the loon so I took my kayak for a peaceful spin through the marsh. When I returned, my husband told me the loon had been hanging out in a little cove down the lake from us. He witnessed a powerboat come close to running over the loon. The loon kicked up his heels - splashing his flipper-feet on the surface, and flapped his wings madly, but did not go under the surface at all. What the heck is wrong with these people? Don't they look where they are going at all? This is a magnificent animal, and it is definitely large enough to see. As a matter of fact, it is a VERY large bird!
Anyhow, before we left to go home, our neighbor told us the loon expert 'might' be returning that night, to search again for my loon. If they find the loon, they will 'rescue' it, and I guess will remove the fishing line. Meanwhile, here's a couple of pics from my peaceful kayak visit to the marsh, and one of a lovely person I met floating on the lake on my return trip.
Below, in the marsh. I believe this floating thing was set up for loon nesting. I wonder if the loons use it?
And, the sweet lady I spotted on my return. I've seen her and dog many times over the years, and the dog used to float in his own little float basket! Now that he's older, he sticks with her.
I'll close with a funny photo for you. I wasn't really planning on watching porn while I read my book!!