Natalie, one of our guests, sent us a wonderful album of pictures she took during her week stay at Booth Lake Landing Resort last year. Included in the pictures was an amazing timeline of a chick loon’s nesting, hatching, and first swims. She is a very talented photographer and we are grateful she was able to catch these on camera. Thank you Natalie!

The first few pictures below show the loon on the nest protecting the egg. After the egg hatched, the chick stayed on its parents’ back until it was a little older. A fun fact about baby loons is that they are precocial, which means they are able to swim right after hatching, however they stay under the wing for warmth, and protection from predators. After a few days the parents expect the chick can swim on its own and sticks by the parents side, however it no longer returns to the nest.