Now and then, I have watched a loon rise out of the water and flap its wings. Why is it doing this?
The Web gives me conflicting explanations of this behaviour. Some sources explain that this is merely an adjunct to preening: the loon is realigning its feathers. Other sources say that this is a territorial display: go away, this area is mine.
I watched a loon do this on a mountain lake this morning. I just don’t know if it was merely primping, or was challenging me. Who knows?
A Common Loon rose out of the water and flapped its wings.