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On a recent visit to Crex Meadows we drove on to Phantom Lake Road as the evening sun was getting low in the sky. We encountered a pair of Loons with two chicks right along the road. I think this was the first time I’ve been able to photograph Loon chicks. We watched them for quite a while. There was one adult with the chicks with the other adult about seventy five yards away most of the time while we were watching.

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The adult with them was fishing. The adult would dive and the chicks would swim around then head to the location where the adult was going to pop up.

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At one point the adult caught a fish and appeared to be trying to share it with the young. It didn’t appear to be a successful transfer because the dead fish sank into the water and had to be retrieved by the adult. Finally the adult ate the fish.

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As we watched the adult not with the chicks would rise up and perform a territorial display. Soon each of the chicks seemed to be mimicking the territorial display of the adult.

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More photos from Crex Meadows can be found on my Website.

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