Common Loon, Gavia immer. Common Loons, also known as the Great Northern Diver in Europe, are committed parents to their young. Due to the awkward positioning of their back legs, they are unable to walk on land and will spend their whole lives in water, with the exception of their nests built right on the water’s edge. When their loonlings hatch, both parents will provide care and protection for several weeks until late summer, when the parents migrate south. The independent chicks will typically remain for a month later, finally following their parents to the Atlantic Ocean in late October.
Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
©Two Loons/Erin Lehnert
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