National Geographic : 1951 Jun
© National Geographic Society + Frizzy-headed Young Coots Will Grow into Sportive Clowns "Half duck, half chicken" describes the coot. In nesting season adults explode with cackles, clucks, and wails; they splash, wave wings, and chase one another. These newly hatched chicks wear hairlike orange feath ers about partly bald heads. Black down covers bodies. U01 Kodachromes by Arthur A. Allen + "Hey, Dad, Wait for Me; I'm Tired." Baby Loon Aims to Hitch a Ride Ever vigilant, the loon is difficult to approach. The bird dines on fish 7 days a week. Its cry suggests demoniacal laughter; hence the expression, "crazy as a loon." This youngster, swimming in an Adirondack lake, soon will clamber aboard for a pickaback cruise.