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Thread subject: Loons
Name Date Message
Pam 06/16/05 01:32 pm A few more pics from Maine and Alaska in the album now at:
(including one of the Alaska tented floating nest)
Tiger 06/16/05 01:46 pm Those are really nice Pam. Thanks for preparing them.
Cecilia 06/16/05 02:17 pm I loved the ones of the floating, tented nest. Have I missed the story about that? Would you mind repeating it Pam?
karen 06/16/05 03:00 pm Thanks Pam ... I have had no luck getting into the Maine Cam I keep getting kicked out with an error message about the windows media so it was great to see all your photos and like Cecilia I would love to know about the Alaska floating nest.
Pam 06/16/05 03:20 pm The Maine cam is difficult but with the 5 hours time difference I am able to get on at certain times when it is not used so much. It pays to just keep trying because if someone switches off then you can get on. If you look above the Realplayer video panel on Alaska cam there is a little link to "Read More" which tells you about the camera and that in turn leads to the Anchorage Audubon Soc. page with some nice pics, particularly one close-up view of the new chick. Glad you enjoyed my captures and you are right Tiger, preparing them is a chore and takes ages. I have a load of eagle ones to do now .... will post a link when done :)
Kathy 06/16/05 03:31 pm Great pictures Pam, thank you.
Cecilia 06/16/05 04:57 pm I went to look at the site and found this description of the loon tent. It doesn't really tell you how in the world did they get the loons to decide to make a nest in an anchored but floating tent? :-) But here it is:

By Leon Unruh /

Two Pacific loons nesting on Anchorage's Connors Lake are incubating a pair of eggs the female laid May 17 and 19 or 20. The first egg, after an incubation period of about 25 days, should hatch around June 13.

The loons, who arrived in early May from warmer waters to the south, are again the stars of the Loon Cam on

The Loon Cam is actually a pair of cameras operated by Jean Tam, an Audubon Society member who lives near the lake. (See recent images.)

One is mounted above the nest -- on the roof of a covered raft, or island, anchored in the lake. The second camera watches from shore. Again this year, the nest camera has an infrared illuminator to allow 24-hour viewing even when the late spring-early summer twilight gets a little dark.

An improved microphone is picking up the calls of the loons and other birds, Tam says, as well as urban sounds such as vehicle and plane traffic and dogs barking. Large jets often take off over the lake, which is only a few hundred yards east of the east-west runway of one of the continentâs busiest cargo airports.

âItâs such a contrast to see these symbols of wilderness in the middle of the city,â Tam says.

The female was banded at the lake in 2003, says Tam. She sports a blue band and a white band on her left leg and a metal band on her right leg.

âThey are pretty obvious on the camera,â Tam says. The position of the nest the loons built this summer relative to the camera, however, makes it hard to see the band when the female is on the nest.

Celeste 06/16/05 05:14 pm Great photos Pam....I am able to see the loon cam in Maine early in the am, sometimes mid-morning and even now at 5:15pm EST.
Marie 06/17/05 12:50 am Great photos Pam...I have spent some time this evening showing my friend who is visiting with me all what YOU can do when operating this camera half way around the world. ;-))
cathy 06/17/05 10:37 am I liked the part about her inviting him in, and then having a headache.
Tiger 06/17/05 07:57 pm It looks as if the Alaska loons are only going to have one chick. I saw that the second egg has not hatched and so is a bit unlikely to do so now!

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