Arctic loon

Dw00065 Arctic loon / Black throated loon (Gavia arctica, Sortstrubet lom ) Declining species of loon. Global distribution with subspecies

Watercolor illustration of Black throated loon ( Arctic loon - Gavia arctica - Sortstrubet lom ) Artwork by Frits Ahlefeldt
Watercolor illustration of Black throated loon ( Arctic loon – Gavia arctica – Sortstrubet lom ) Artwork by Frits Ahlefeldt

The Black throated or Arctic loon

Text and watercolor by Frits Ahlefeldt

The Black throated loon breeds far North in Arctic areas. The nest is on the ground, close to or on islands on larger, isolated freshwater lakes. In winter it migrates down South and can be found close to the sea through Europe, Asia and America

The Black-throated loon lives mostly on fish, that it catches in dives to less than 5 meters in depths. lasting less than a minute. The Black-throated is a great, streamlined diver, often with a very high success rate when catching fish.

The loons can get quite old, up to 30 years in the wild, but has a low success when breeding and only breed 1-2 chicks a year. Often losing out to either predators or flooding of the nest. The loons are ground dwelling so very vulnerable to flooding because of climate change caused extreme weather.

Size: 58 to 73 cm (23 to 29 in) in length with a 100 to 130 cm (39 to 51 in) wingspan and a weight of 1.3 to 3.4 kilograms (2.9 to 7.5 lb)

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Wikipedia: Black throated loon, Arctic loon

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Watercolors of birds series – Watercolor painting by Frits Ahlefeldt. FritsAhlefeldt.com

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