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