Avery Island Wildlife - pam-and-edmund-mcilhenny

This Common Loon, also called a Great Northern Loon, visited Avery Island in December, sporting its non-breeding plumage. During breeding season its appearance changes so that it has a black head, white underparts, and a checkered black-and-white mantle. The Common Loon dives as deep as 200 feet to catch the fish it preys on. Like all divers, their feet are placed far back on their bodies compared to other waterfowl. December 2012 was the first time Edmund and I had seen this bird on Avery Island. They are more commonly sighted east of Avery Island along the Louisiana Gulf Coast and west of Avery Island along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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