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Two-month old Common Loon Chick Beginning to Look Like a Loon!

8-12-14 c.loon two months old IMG_8704Remember that little black ball of fluff that was featured in Naturally Curious loon posts two months ago? That downy Common Loon chick has lost both its black and its brown coat of down, and is now covered with smooth, gray contour feathers. Nearly the size of its parents, it is looking quite sleek. Soon the chick’s flight feathers will be completely in. In only a matter of two or three more weeks it will be flapping its wings and making take-off runs in preparation for flight, which it will be capable of in another month. (It will be two years old before it attains adult plumage.)

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5 responses

  1. Beautiful photo.

    August 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  2. Excellent capture, Mary. Love the water drops!

    August 13, 2014 at 2:55 am

  3. We saw one that looks exactly like this one on Grafton Pond Sunday, learning to fish.

    August 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    • I believe you saw this very loon – I photographed it on Monday!

      August 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm

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