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Thread: Dont Mess with a Loon

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    Dont Mess with a Loon

    Pretty bizarre case of prey getting the best of predator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post

    Pretty bizarre case of prey getting the best of predator.
    I saw this. I swim in a local pond that has a few loons. I was in the middle of it last summer with my daughter when one surfaced not 10 feet from us. As you can imagine, they're not small. And they move like a missile. I wouldn't want to take a hit from one. One of the most beautiful birds I've seen. or heard.
    Humankind has not woven the web of life.
    We are but one thread within it.
    Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
    All things are bound together.
    All things connect.
    ~ Chief Seattle, 1854 ~

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    I love this story in showcasing the complexity of predator-prey relationships. Also the forensics details are fascinating. I have had the fortune of holding and trying to control adult loons while biologists worked over either the subject or it's chick. I was heavily warned of the danger of the sharp beak and the powerful neck. It is a balance of strong hold yet gentle enough not to smother the animal. The strength of the neck is quite evident, and that beak near your face alarming.

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