Linda and Paul Messer have chosen the names for this year’s chicks. Traditionally a male name is chosen for the first chick, even though we have no idea what sex it is. Pablo’s sibling will be named Penelope.
Pablo is swimming with Mom in the next two photos. In the second one, she is giving him a drop of water. Soon it will be replaced by minnows, small perch and crayfish.
We are excited to begin another season of photographing and sharing the lives of these wonderful birds. Even if you know where the nest is, please give them lots of room! It is a critical time for the parents, Pablo and Penelope. The less disturbance, the better. Soon they will be out on the lake. Thank you!
Photographs and Words by Jen Esten and Jon Waage