All the animals are growing rapidly, including our new loon chick, although the parents are still watching out for it very carefully. When a boat approaches at all closely, the adult still swims out to the opposite side of the boat from the chick and puts on a good display. When one boat came into the cove, the parent put on a ridiculous porpoising show, lifting its body high out of the water, diving down forward, and repeating multiple times. There's no way someone could ignore that show, which is just what they want!
I watched one parent and the chick for quite some time one morning this week. They were fishing quietly until the parent saw a boat come into the cove,
and when the coast was clear, the parent returned, and junior said, look dad, I can do that too!
The water spiders are growing as well, as proven by the exoskeleton that was left on our dock.
And today, a heron flew off the shore - I just love how these prehistoric looking birds spread out their giant feathers to get enough lift to fly. They also seem know know they get more lift if they fly low against the water until they pick up more air speed. (Do you recognize anyone in the background?)
|Great Blue Heron|