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Common Loons

gb_eh · 2 · 1646


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Lately I've been photographing some Common Loons . I have a behavior question for the group:

 Do loons swallow their prey (fish) under the water before returning to the surface? Do they ever bring up their prey like say a merganser to eat. I watched 4 individuals dive numerous times in a 3 hour period last night , and not once did I see them surface with a fish. So either they are really poor at catching fish (which I doubt) or the eat underwater.. Any ideas?
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 07:00:00 pm by gb_eh »


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According to the Animal Diversity Web site of the University of Michigan
Adult loons ingest most of their food items underwater where they catch them. They bring larger items to the surface before eating them.
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 07:00:00 pm by GStuart »