We went up to see and hear the Loons. Common Loons. Unfortunately, we didn't get close enough for good pictures. However, I tried to get a few shots.
The most exciting part was to hear them calling. They have four distinct calls; we actually saw and heard them calling when we were on the water.
In terms of pictures, the stained glass windows at the "very rustic" place we stayed are much prettier than what I could get in our camera.
And yes, the chicks (babies) do ride on their parents' backs for about the first week of their lives. It is the most vulnerable time for parent and chick alike, because the adult cannot dive to save itself from predators with the chick on its back.
For the record, Her Ladyship, Miss Sadie, did not come with us on our Loon-seeking adventure. She, being a bird-dog, would probably have wanted to jump in the water and play with them. They would not have been amused, especially when one pair had a chick.
We had a great time (except for our encounters with the mosquitoes).
I'll have more, in due course.