According to National Geographic, the Common Loon – or Gavia immer for you scientific folks – are named for their clumsy, awkward appearance when they walk on land. The loon’s feet are placed more towards the back of it’s body, past the point of balance. This placement makes them VERY efficient swimmers, but a little silly looking on land.
Speaking of their incredible swimming abilities….the loon’s bones are solid rather than hollow like most birds. Hollow bones reduce the bird’s weight, making it easier for them to fly. Solid bones, make the loon denser than water and as a result, its easier for them to dive deep into the water.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been curious as to why loons have that striking red eye. Well, Wilderness Classroom says the red helps them see better underwater. There is a pigment in their retina that filters light when they dive below the surface of the water and makes it easier to see.
Loons are very territorial birds. You’ll usually find only one pair of loons on each lake, except for larger bodies of water, where there might be several pairs. When you display Atlas’s Loon Lake House Sign on your house, cabin, boathouse, pier, porch, whatever, chances are, you’ll be the only one on the lake with an elegant, stylish and custom made just for you sign :).