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Phalaropes – Day 161 of 365

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  • Barb Paquette

    Synchronized Swimmers

  • Hello,
    I have been watching nature365 on Facebook for quite awhile with no problems. Over the last few days I have not been able to open the U-tube video when I click on the arrow. I’m not sure if this is something you can fix or if this is a Facebook problem. I look forward to watching the daily clips and hope you can help with this problem.

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  • Becky 4 months ago

    Fascinating!

  • Shelley Southcott

    I get dizzy watching! I’ve never seen these before.

  • Luellen 1 year ago

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

  • Donna Dacy 1 year ago

    Love this!

  • Kathy Olson 1 year 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.

    • Adrienne 4 months ago

      They go ’round and ’round to corral whatever goodies they can, and they pick them out of that little circle of water with ease. Dolphins, sharks, and whales do mlush the same with small fish such as herring. They concentrate them into a ‘fish ball’ and then just swim through that ball with their mouths open to catch their meal. It’s all so fascinating!

      Their species name should be ‘Dizzy Gillespie”.

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

  • 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.—-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2cr-k2YPpo

    • 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.

    • Why do they spin while feeding?

    • 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.

  • Fascinating birds

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

  • Lovely…like little Sufi mystics!

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

  • These guys make me dizzy!!!!

  • 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!!

  • Dizzying but fascinating!

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