Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 13, 2013: Wilson's Phalarope

This female Wilson's Phalarope was found feeding on the south lake, near a large group of Northern Shovelers.  Phalaropes are shorebirds and are unique in that the females are larger and more brightly colored than the males.  They feed on the water, often spinning around, stirring up the larvae, crustaceans, and insects that they feed upon.  [This is a digiscoped photograph.] 4/12/13 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

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