Learn broadly, and with passion.

I run Biomedical Ephemera and Cabbaging Cove. See my "About Me" section in the Links to find them. Or do a Google. Whatever milks your Guernsey.

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

  1. spatialinterest reblogged this from ofpaperandponies
  2. witchydarling reblogged this from crosshonneonna
  3. lissa-pillar reblogged this from adachimerica
  4. mcblobs reblogged this from adachimerica
  5. asidewalksymphony reblogged this from adachimerica
  6. adachimerica reblogged this from secretbirdblog
  7. crosshonneonna reblogged this from secretbirdblog
  8. secretbirdblog reblogged this from ofpaperandponies
  9. furefuwan reblogged this from katiethecrimedog
  10. katiethecrimedog reblogged this from ofpaperandponies
  11. maitresse-atomique reblogged this from dendroica
  12. dame-mjrn reblogged this from artsja
  13. artsja reblogged this from dendroica
  14. xthewaffle reblogged this from dendroica
  15. dendroica reblogged this from scienceyoucanlove
  16. swimming-by reblogged this from dullpony
  17. gertrudejinlges reblogged this from scienceyoucanlove
  18. armchairsoapbox reblogged this from scienceyoucanlove
  19. thepizzafairy reblogged this from hipster-trichster
  20. newfriendly reblogged this from scienceyoucanlove
  21. mudbloodednightmare reblogged this from scienceyoucanlove
  22. foxesandlesbians reblogged this from scienceyoucanlove
  23. smokinherbsintheburbs reblogged this from flashdestash