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Girls will be Girls?

Girls will be Girls?
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 7:55
Viewed: 3036
Points: 18
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These Wilsons' Phalaropes were caught doing battle in a slough near Brooks Alberta, and I promise you the fight was not over money.
Wilson's Phalarope
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Scolopacidae

Genus: Phalaropus

Species: P. tricolor

The Wilson's Phalarope, Phalaropus tricolor, is a small wader. This bird, the largest of the phalaropes, breeds in the prairies of North America in western Canada and the western USA. It is migratory, wintering in South America. It is a rare vagrant to western Europe.

Wilson's Phalaropes are unusually halophilic (salt-loving) and feed in great numbers when on migration on saline lakes such as Mono Lake in California and the Great Salt Lake of Utah, often with Red-necked Phalaropes.

Wilson's Phalarope is about 23 cm in length, with lobed toes and a straight fine black bill. The breeding female is predominantly gray and brown above, with white underparts, a reddish neck and reddish flank patches. The breeding male is a duller version of the female, with a brown back, and the reddish patches reduced or absent.

Young birds are grey and brown above, with whitish underparts and a dark patch through the eye. In winter, the plumage is essentially grey above and white below, but the dark eyepatch is always present.

The typical avian sex roles are reversed in the three phalarope species. Females are larger and more brightly coloured than males. The females pursue males, compete for nesting territory, and will aggressively defend their nests and chosen mates. Once the females lay their eggs, they begin their southward migration, leaving the males to incubate the eggs. Three to four eggs are laid in a ground nest near water. The young feed themselves.

When feeding, a Wilson's Phalarope will often swim in a small, rapid circle, forming a small whirlpool. This behaviour is thought to aid feeding by raising food from the bottom of shallow water. The bird will reach into the outskirts of the vortex with its bill, plucking small insects or crustaceans caught up therein.

Although very common, this bird's population may have declined in some areas due to the loss of prairie wetland habitat. A few staging areas are of critical importance during migration.

This species is often very tame and approachable. Its common name commemorates the American ornithologist Alexander Wilson.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-03-27 8:06]

Hey Rick,

nice action shot, wouldn't want to be on the business end of one of those bills! Great colour and light too,



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-27 8:38]

Hi Rick

I agree - a very good action shot. Light also excellent.


Hi Rick,
Good fight...I mean shot;-)
Girls want to have fun?

hi rick,
nice action shot captured at perfect timing, nicely composed, fine pov,
tfs & regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-27 11:44]
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Hi Rick,

And yet another one that is new to me! Wonderful action shot of the girls at play. Is the one minding his own business a male?


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-27 21:24]

Hello Rick

A wonderful shot of these phalaropes in action.Very good lighting.The shot is well focused with sharp details.I like how you have captured the water,I am not familiar with this bird so I found your notes very interesting too.TFS

Hi Rick,
A nice action shot. The detail is sharp and action is stopped very well. These types of action shots are always great to view!

Magníficos detalles y agradable presentación, con estas aves en el agua.
Perfecto encuadre. Buen bg y estupendo POV.
Saludos, JL.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-29 14:26]

Hi Rick,
wonderful action you captured, the birds seem to enjoying the spring weather. The lighting is wondeful, sharpness, colors and composition are great.

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