Common Loons, Great Blue Herons and more Sawyer County Wisconsin June 22-26, 2014

On a recent trip to Sawyer County in Northern Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to watch and enjoy Common Loons with a chick, Great Blue Herons, American Bald Eagles and more. Images were taken June 22-26, 2014.

Common Loon stretching with young watching.

Common Loon adult stretching with chick watching.

Common Loon

Binomial name: Gavia immer

Category: Loons

Description: Black head with black and white checkered body in summer for breeding season; brown and white body in the winter.  Blackish-blue bill that is held horizontally and black feet.

Size: 24″-40″ long, 4′ – 5′ wingspan

Weight: 4 lbs. – 8 lbs.

Habitat: Large lakes and shorelines

Diet: Fish (perch, trout, sunfish, bass)

Nesting: Usually nests on small islands or other locations safe from land-based predators.  The nest may be made out of thin sticks, dried grasses, or a depression in mud or sand.  Typically 1 to 3 eggs will be laid at one time and will be incubated by both parents.  The parents aggressively protect their nests and share the responsibility of feeding the young.  Baby loons may be seen riding on the back of either parent in the water.

Notes: The Common Loon has legs positioned in the rear of its body.  This makes for excellent diving and graceful swimming; however, it also makes for awkward landings and clumsy walking.  In fact, Loons require a “runway” spanning 30 yards or 1/4 mile for take-off and landing AND it can only be done in water.  Loons have actually been stranded in small ponds, icy lakes, or even a parking lot without a suitable runway and must be rescued.

Common Loon with young

Common Loon with chick.

Common Loon stretching

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon stretching.

Common Loon young.

Common Loon chick.

Common Loon young calling for food.

Common Loon chick calling.

Common Loon with chick.

Common Loon with chick.

Common Loon

Common Loon at takeoff.

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon feeding chick.

Common Loon feeding chick.

Common Loon chick.

Common Loon chick with food.

Common Loon chick.

Common Loon chick.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron coming in for a landing.

Great Blue Heron coming in for a landing.

Great Blue Heron fishing on shore.

Great Blue Heron fishing on shore.

Great Blue Heron fishing on shore.

Great Blue Heron fishing on shore.

Great Blue Heron fishing.

Great Blue Heron fishing on shore.

American Woodcock, it was struting at this time shifting it's weight from foot to foot.

American Woodcock, was doing a strut at this time shifting it’s weight from foot to foot.

American Bald Eagle adult perched in a tree.

American Bald Eagle adult perched in a tree.

A Chestnut-sided Warbler bringing a variety of food items to a nest for the chicks.

A Chestnut-sided Warbler bringing a variety of food items to a nest for the chicks.

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

2 Responses to Common Loons, Great Blue Herons and more Sawyer County Wisconsin June 22-26, 2014

  1. Annie Mueller says:

    Love the Loon pictures. We don’t get a chance to see them too often so viewing your pics is the next best thing to seeing them in person. Thanks for sharing. Annie M

  2. Nancy Nabak says:

    These are simply awesome, Jim! I LOVE the loon shot with the shadow of the wing on his body! All are amazing! Hey, did I tell you about Doug Tallamy’s project in looking for photos of birds with insects/arthropods? Talk to me.

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