Tom Reichner's picture

Loons of the Okanogan Highlands - a mated pair

At the time I photographed these Loons, they had paired up for breeding, but had not yet made a nest. Then, over the course of the next two months, they built a nest, laid eggs, incubated and hatched the eggs, and raised a loonlet to fledging. They had laid two eggs, but the other loonlet was killed and eaten by a Bald Eagle just a couple days after hatching. Nature is both beautiful and harsh.

Canon 5D Mark IV
572mm · f/8.0 · 1/400s · ISO 1600
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Jamie Felton's picture

Gorgeous photo and heart wrenching story.

Glad he did not come back for the second loonet, I've seen predators come back over and over for every last baby. Life is tough in the wild.