Gone Fishing

August 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The common loon (Gavia immer) is a familiar sight on most Ontario lakes, and has become something of a wilderness icon over the years. Loons pursue their prey (primarily sunfish and perch) underwater, using their powerful webbed feet to propel their torpedo shaped bodies underwater. Sharp spines on the roof of the bird's mouth and tongue prevent a captured fish from slipping free of its grasp.

Common Loon (Gavia immer) Feeding a Fish to its BabyCommon Loon (Gavia immer) Feeding a Fish to its BabyCommon Loon (Gavia immer) feeding a perch to its baby - Haliburton, Ontario

This loon chick eagerly awaits its freshly caught breakfast.

 

At 8 days of age, this chick's days of hitching a ride on Mom's back are almost up. 

 

Common Loon Catching a SunfishCommon Loon Catching a Sunfish

This pumpkinseed's day is about to go from bad to worse.


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