Monday, November 3, 2008

#3 Common Loon vs. #14 Anhinga

#3 - Common Loon

  • Common Loons are flightless for a few weeks after they lose all of their wing feathers at the same time.

  • Loons occasionally land on wet roadways and become stranded because they need a large amount of open water to be able to takeoff.

  • Common Loons can dive up to 200 feet under the water.

  • Loons eyes can focus both in the air and in the water.

  • Loon chicks ride on their parents backs until they can fly at approximately 11 weeks of age.

For more information on Common Loons click here.

#14 - Anhinga
  • Anhingas must spread their wings and dry themselves in the sun after swimming because they do not have oil glands for waterproofing as many other waterbirds do.

  • Anhingas typically swim with only their neck and head out of the water while the rest of their body is submerged beneath the surface.

  • Anhingas spear fish with their long bills.

  • Anhingas are often seen soaring high in the air. They are great fliers and can go for long distances without having to flap their wings.

  • The Anhinga is also known as the Water-Turkey because of its large wide turkey like tail.

For more information on Anhingas click here.

1 comment:

Kathiesbirds said...

If I had a vote here, I would pick the common loon. I love the way they carry their family on thier backs and I just love their haunting loon calls. I also love the pattern of their feathers.