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Red Phalarope

Red Phalarope
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-06 10:14
Viewed: 2189
Points: 12
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Red Phalarope
Phalaropus fulicaria

Although built like other shorebirds—with short tails, sharply pointed wings and long legs for wading—red phalaropes spend most of the year at sea. In fact, they’re one of the few birds classified as pelagic shorebirds. Because they’re not built for diving, phalaropes have developed a unique way of feeding: they swim in fast, tight circles at the surface, which creates a whirlpool of plankton they then sweep up with their bills.

Cool Facts
The female phalarope finds a nest site, while the male builds the nest, incubates the eggs and then nurtures the offspring. In the meantime the female often mates with other males.
Phalaropes gather in large numbers (thousands) on Mono Lake. With water twice as salty as sea water, the lake’s no home for fishes, but it does support an abundance of brine shrimps and brine flies. By devouring these small animals, phalaropes double their body weight. This added fat helps sustain the phalaropes during their 6,000-mile migration to winter grounds.

This photo was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-06 10:19]

Hello Manyee.
An excellent capture on this Red Phalarope. Thelight was sill soft here. Beautiful color saturation and sharp detail in the plumage. Great reflection in that beautiful calm blue water.Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-06 11:45]

Hi Manyee.the top of perfection in this capture! I like a lot your choice of this high brightness to create this very brilliant effect,spectacular plumage details and high colors as i like ...and the reflections are fantastics too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Manyee.
Spettacolari colori che sei riuscito ha catturare in questa eccellente foto di red falaropo con una nitidezza impressionante ed ottimi dettagli,bello il riflesso nell’acqua complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

hello manyee
super good sharpness and great details
the light and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Awesome subject you got here manyee, shot in good colors


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-06-07 18:55]

Hello Manyee,
I must say the colors in this birds plumage is absolutely gorgeous. Taken from an attractive low POV and showing excellent detail and exposure. Love the reflection and well saturated colors. A real beauty!! This is a new bird for me. TFS.

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