Hatching the Second Egg I
photo by: Ken W. Watson, 2011

Loons commonly lay two eggs which ideally hatch at the same time. But, in some cases, the second egg can hatch a day or two later than the first.

How do I know that the loon is on the second egg and not on two eggs or just a single laid egg? The dark area immediately beside the breast of the loon is not a shadow - it's a hatched chick. See the next photo in the gallery for a better view.

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