Friends of the Rideau
Loon on Artificial Nest

photo by: Ken W. Watson, 1997

A healthy population of Common Loons lives on the Rideau. This is aided by the establishment of artificial nests which form an ideal nesting spot for loons, keeping the eggs and chicks away from predators. This nest is maintained by Ken Watson who is pleased to report that this loon has successfully hatched and raised two chicks in each of the past several years.

Note: please don't approach loons too closely. They are easily disturbed. If they start to call out, you are too close. This particular photo was taken from a non-disruptive distance with a telephoto lens.

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photo © Ken W. Watson