A young Loon chick peeks out from under the protective cover of his mother's wing.
Behind the lens.
Loons are very protetective parents. When the young chicks tire, they climb aboard a parent's back to rest in comfort. And when the parent senses danger - like when a Bald eagle is flying nearby - the parent lifts one wing and the chick crawls underneath. In this way the parent Loon can make the chick completely invisible from above and from below, but the chick eventually gets hungry and peeks out to see if the coast is clear.
Is this two-day-old chick learning to yodel -- one of the Loon's familiar calls -- or is he yawning instead? Photographed on a small lake in western Montana.
A two-day-old Loon chick rides in comfort, high and dry on mom's back.