Tag along on a loon capture and banding mission to Round Lake, Emmet County with Joe Kaplan of Common Coast.

 

Watch a nearly full-grown loon chick using “throat swiping” tactics to get fed. Is it coincidence that young loons focus on the throat to say “I’m hungry”?

 

Loons preen frequently. For a species spending its entire life in water (very icy water for some), proper feather care, alignment, and waterproofing is a matter of survival. People sometimes mistake a preening loon for a tangled or injured one. This 5-minute preening session illustrates the body gyrations loons exhibit during preening. When the loon reaches back to its tail, its drawing oil from the uropygian gland, which it spreads among its feathers.

 

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