Have you ever witnessed a loon making its way across terra firma? Probably not, because they avoid going ashore unless absolutely necessary, or to nest. This short video makes clear how difficult it is for loons to move on land, but how graceful they are once they hit the water.
This loon on Shadow Lake in Concord, Vermont probably left the water to avoid continued conflict with the lake’s resident pair. The pair had been chasing this loon around off and on for several days, while the chicks stayed clear of the action. It looks healthy enough, alert, and with any luck ready to take off on its migration journey to the Atlantic Ocean later this fall. The day after this video was taken, he/she was not observed on the lake, hopefully indicating that it had enough energy to fly and leave these territorial waters. [Video credit: Anonymous contributor]