great northern loon


Great northern loon (Gavia immer)

The great northern loon is a large member of the loon, or diver, family of birds. The great northern loon breeds in North America, Greenland, Iceland, and Great Britain. This species winters on sea coasts or on large lakes of south Europe and the United States, and south to north-western areas of Africa. This species, like all divers, is a specialist fish-eater, catching its prey underwater, diving as deep as 60 m (200 ft) and can remain underwater for as long as 3 minutes. Great northern loon nests are usually placed on islands, where ground-based predators cannot normally access them. Its clumsiness on land is due to the legs being positioned at the rear of the body: this is ideal for diving but not well-suited for walking.

photo credits: Loon, Baby Loons!, wiki

So if you didn’t already know, loons are my favorite animal. Common Loons in particular. I mean, they are just beautiful and they mate for life and always come back to the same spot on the same lake every year. There’s a pair in my cove at the lake and they’ve been there since I was seven.  Plus they call to each other with this crazy haunting howl every night. They’re just so amazing and if you don’t think so we need to have a long, serious talk about your priorities in life.