Finally some photos of our lake’s newest resident. S/he has been seen at many locations on the lake, in the company of one or both parents.
The juveniles are able to catch their own fish within two months and take flight at about 11 weeks. They are fully on their own at 12 weeks, when the parents begin migration in the fall. At this time, the young form flocks on northern lakes and follow suit a few weeks later. Once they reach the coastal ocean waters, the loons remain there for two years, returning in the third to the northern lakes where they were born to live a routine adult life.
The following photos were supplied by Jim and Sharon Morgan, taken from their dock, on August 24th. The chick is probably about four weeks old.