Common Loon 12/27/17

Common Loons are heavy birds with large spear-shaped bills, able to dive up to 200 feet underwater. They prey mostly on fish but also catch mollusks and crustaceans, usually swallowing them whole on the way back to the surface. Their legs are positioned so far back on their body for underwater swimming that they are ungainly, almost helpless on land having to slide on their bellies pushed by their hind feet, and they need considerable runway on water for take-off. They breed across the northern boreal forest lakes and tundra ponds and winter on the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts as well as the Great Lakes.

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