The common loon or divers as they are known in the UK are large duck-like birds of the gaviidae family. They are large and heavy and spend almost their entire life on the water starting very soon after birth. The only time they come on land is to mate and nest. The males and females look alike and both help with the feeding and raising of the young. The loon is a very territorial bird and will emit a shrill and piercing call if it sees an adversary. The yodeling sound made during the breeding season is quite different. It can be heard across the lake and is both eerie and haunting as it filters through the mist over the waters.
In this series a pair of loons is feeding and caring for their week-old chicks. The chicks know how to swim and dive and often creep in under the wings of a parent to seek warmth and comfort.