April 2008

Photographer: Jack Goodman

A mother's defense

"The loon is putting up a fuss to conceal her two chicks that were patiently hiding under a dead cedar tree on shore," Goodman explains. "This is common duck behaviour, but I think loons take it to an almost Sarah Bernhardt level."

"This one came right at my boat like she was going to ram me. I was surprised she came so close, perhaps 10 to 12 feet. I managed to get off three shots, of which this is the best."

"She promptly dived, and a minute later surfaced, about 100 yards away, gave a shrill call to make sure I saw her, then dived again."

"I thought about the chicks on shore, which I could just make out through the telephoto lens, but decided against photographing them. They had had enough stress for one day."


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