|Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee)
|Date Taken: 2012-06-03|
|Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-06-06 10:14|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
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.
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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- [2012-06-06 10:19]
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
- [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
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.
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
- [2012-06-07 18:55]
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.