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Common Loon - Gavia immer

The “Common Loon” isn’t exactly common anymore, at least in North America, and it’s more commonly called the “Great Northern Loon”.

Despite its superficial similarities to ducks, loons are not closely related to the family Anatidae. They’re members of the family Gaviidae, of which only 5 species are still extant.

Despite their agile water skills, and their exquisite diving form, loons are absolutely clunky and awkward on land, which gave them their name in English and the Scandinavian languages.Their nests are always constructed right near the water, because they can hardly walk without stumbling over their huge feet - a short hop out of the water is about all they can muster.

Images: Wikimedia Commons

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