Halfmoon Lake Association was founded to protect the interest of property owners through education and the continued monitoring of lake quality in order to enhance both property values and recreational opportunities.

Photo Gallery: 2018, Loon Family of Halfmoon  

Below are photos taken by community and friends.

Congratulations Halfmoon Lake on this second week of July as loon parents nested on our man-made island produced two chicks. This is the third consecutive year chicks hatched. The chick births were separated by a day apart, July 12 and 13.  The first born joined its parents for a swim on July 13 a day after hatching, and the second chick joined the family for a swim on July 15. 

In 2016 Halfmoon had its first successful birth of loon chicks. Once again, the nest site is the same man-made island built four years earlier by a team of volunteers at the Loon Preservation Committee.

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Presenting the First Family of Halfmoon Lake, 2018:

  Waiting for the chicks
Waiting for the chicks 
By Pat Mannion

  First swim
First swim for the first born 
By Pat Mannion
Both parents join swim 
Both parents join in a swim
By Pat Mannion

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The second chick, born a day later, soon joined the family on the water. 

Second chick arrived
Second chick hatched
By Pat Mannion
Mom and two chicks
Mom loon and the chicks
By Pat Mannin
Chick warning advisory
Chick caution sign posted
By Pat Mannion
Both parents with chicks
Both parents with chicks
By Pat Mannion
Parents and chicks
Parent feeds chick while other chick piggybacks
By Pat Mannion
Piggyback rides
One chick piggybacking; other chick hidden under wing
By Pat Mannion

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Third day on the water, the family explores Rustic Shores cove

Parent with chicks
Parent with two chicks
By Bill Mannion
Chicks
One chick under wing; the other also tries to get under
By Bill Mannion
Chicks
... But, decides to piggyback while sibling tucks under mom's wing
By Bill Mannion

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One week on and the chicks have grown, explored Rustic Shores Cove and ventured farther out into the broads, and survived a Bald Eagle looking for an easy meal.   

Head to heads
Mom and Chicks head-to-head
By Lisa Piwnicki
Feeding time
Feeding time
By Bill Mannion
Follow me
Feeding is full time
By Lisa Piwnicki
Parent and chicks
Mom and two chicks
By Lisa Piwnicki
Chicks up close
Chicks up close
By Lisa Piwnicki
Follow me
Follow me
By Lisa Piwnicki

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Three weeks later the family traveled to the opposite end of the lake along Rt 28 where John Wheeler captured these images.  John also witnessed poor boating behavior threatening the loons. 

Loon chicks
Mom and Chick
By John Wheeler
Feeding time
Parent with two chicks
By John Wheeler
loon chicks
A parent leading the way
By John Wheeler

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