Photo of the week: Common Loons

7/14/2014 | 1

Common Loons ©2014 William Smith

Common Loons ©2014 William Smith

An adult Common Loon swims with a chick on its back in late June 2014. William Smith shot the photo on the Muskoka River, about 18 miles (30 km) south of Huntsville, Ontario. He used a Canon 1DX and a 600mm lens.

Young loons may ride on the back of a parent at about one week of age. They do so less frequently by the time they are two weeks old. Males are more likely than females to give their chicks a ride, but observers say this varies from pair to pair.

See more photos of loons in our galleries.


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  • Marty Swanson

    Gorgeous photo. . . unbelievable detail!!