According to Wikipedia ….
“The North American name "loon" likely comes from either the Old English word lumme, meaning lummox or awkward person, or the Scandinavian word lum meaning lame or clumsy. Either way, the name refers to the loon’s poor ability to walk on land.”
While I had a general knowledge about the loon’s inability to travers land, it wasn’t until I captured this image that it became painfully obvious why. Look how high on the back their legs originate! One thing is for sure, however. Neither “lummox” nor “clumsy” are words I’d use to describe them when their in the water!