Loon vs Bald Eagle and 100 pages from the end of Hel’s Bet
I continue to pour all my words into rewriting Hel’s Bet . I am going to finish it within 2 weeks! I meet tomorrow with Brook to outline changes in the final 100 pages. A lot of the writing in the final pages is pretty solid as is.
The loon parents have headed South and the two chicks are on their own. The older chick has already fledged its adult black and white feathers and is exercising its wings by splashing along the surface of the water.
Bald eagles constantly harass the loon chicks. I canoed for about 2 hours today and a pair of eagles flew by 4 times and a young eagle stopped by as well.
Whenever I hear the loon chicks make their warning call I’d look around the lake and see the eagles. They like to fly in low behind an island and try to hit the loons from behind while they aren’t looking. When they pass close to the loons the loons splash the water and dive.
I wonder if the eagles keep trying because the younger chick still has its brown baby feathers. It should fledge into its adult feathers soon – see if the eagles hang around then*. I don’t remember them harassing the parents.
The maples and poplars are turning. I finally lost my plucky little camera so here is a shot of Martel Lake in a previous year:
Can’t wait to finish Hel’s Bet and sell it.
*Bald Eagles give the Loon chicks a break mid-summer but harass them again in the fall after the parents head south. The chicks are fully-adult-looking.