Weren't you surprised to read at Winni.com that Loon mortality is at 6% for boat collisions?WHL wrote:Has anybody heard of or seen any baby loons anywhere? We haven't seen any in the usual places yet.
Even I thought it was 'way fewer than that—although I witnessed a very close call on a "double" at less than 30-MPH!
I videoed an encounter with a Loon and a powerboat moving slowly. Loons come to the surface regardless of the presence of boats. It is then they are most vulnerable. When they take off, it takes a very long time to get airborne, another possible fatal exposure to noisy and powerful boats.WHL wrote:I guess I didn't really think about if that was surprising or not. I have seen some people being pretty reckless and a lot are not watching the water for loons or ducks.
I found another study that showed Loon mortality from boat-strikes at 36%!
They're struck by boats upon surfacing.WHL wrote:I have watched and just as a boat gets close to them, they are usually smart enough to dive under.
I reviewed my video, and the boat "going slowly" was towing a tube with a tyke. The loon surfaced adjacent to the tyke. (But, except for the boat, the images were too small to be meaningful).
Yesterday, a Loon was being harassed by a series of gawkers. It tolerated them, but eventually dove. The Loon resurfaced near me, and I got a shot of him immediately diving away. (Head to left—feet to right).
Notice how far back the feet are.
(Much like a Penguin).
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