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At one point it seemed that it was scared of something and I was thinking we overstayed our welcome. But instead of looking at us it kept looking up in the sky. Soon we see this bald eagle soaring overhead. A Loons eyes have to be pretty sharp as she saw the eagle long before we did. This mom did not like the eagle approaching that close. She kept her eyes on it the whole time. Eagles take several loon babies each year. After the eagle passed the loon settled down right away.
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It went out into the lake where it caught a minnow and swallowed it. The loon swam back and forth a few times before heading back to the nest. I told Addie to look over the side as the loon was going to swim right under us. While Addie was leaning over watching, the loon popped up right in front of her. She could have practically reached out and touched it.
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Soon it pushed itself back up on the nest. Loons can’t walk as their legs go out the back of their body. They are built for diving and swimming fast enough to catch fish. On land they can only push themselves along until they are in the nest again. Addie said goodbye and we headed back to shore.