Phalaropes – Day 161 of 365


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  • Luellen 1 week ago

    They make me dizzy! I agree with Anne… they are the whirling dervish of the avian world.

  • Donna Dacy 1 week ago

    Love this!

  • Kathy Olson 1 week ago

    So near the end the one bird gets in on the other birds spinning action for the food without having to do the spinning himself. These are great!

  • What’s with the birds? Are they watching one little fish and can’t catch him because they are just too dizzy? Would like to know the answer.

  • The phones are outstanding! I’m looking forward to seeing more

  • Sonja Heinrich Medford

    Jim Brandenburg this is beautifully done, like all your glimpses into the natural world, sight and sound are mesmerizing. Thank you so much….A phalarope is any of three living species of slender-necked shorebirds -A group of Phalaropes spinning while feeding in a North Dakota slough.—-

    • Sonja Heinrich Medford

      A phalarope is any of three living species of slender-necked shorebirds. Two species, the red phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius, called grey phalarope in Europe) and red-necked phalarope (P. lobatus) breed around the Arctic Circle and winter on tropical oceans. Wilson’s phalarope (P. tricolor) breeds in western North America and migrates to South America. All are 6–10 in in length, with lobed toes and a straight, slender bill. Predominantly grey and white in winter, their plumage develops reddish markings in summer.

    • Karen Pereira

      Why do they spin while feeding?

    • Sonja Heinrich Medford

      Karen Pereira A phalarope twirls on the water’s surface, once per second, spinning and pecking. As it does so, it forces water away from itself on the surface, causing an upward flow from as deep as a foot or more. With this flow come the tiny animals on which it feeds.

  • Diane Arends

    Fascinating birds

  • Susan Colliton

    Mating ritual? At first I though they might be stirring bugs up to the surface.

  • Anne Windom

    Lovely…like little Sufi mystics!

  • Pat Elsing

    Lol. I’ve never seen birds/ducks so in circles like that.

  • Artemis Lampathakis

    These guys make me dizzy!!!!

  • Cathy Cleland

    Dizzying is right Margaret! I had a smile the whole time. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen those birds. It seems they all spin at once!!

  • Margaret Sims

    Dizzying but fascinating!

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