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Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-20 13:58
Viewed: 2880
Points: 20
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The Red-necked Phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus, is a small wader. This phalarope breeds in the Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia. It is migratory, and, unusually for a wader, winters at sea on tropical oceans.
Red-necked Phalarope is about 18 cm (7 in) in length, with lobed toes and a straight, fine bill. The breeding female is predominantly dark grey above, with a chestnut neck and upper breast, black face and white throat. The breeding male is a duller version of the female. They have lobed toes to assist with their swimming. Young birds are grey and brown above, with buff underparts and a black patch through the eye. In winter, the plumage is essentially grey above and white below, but the black eyepatch is always present. They have a sharp call described as a whit or twit.
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 and look after the young. Three to seven eggs are laid in a ground nest near a marshy area. The young mainly feed themselves and are able to fly within 20 days of birth.When feeding, a Red-necked 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 center of the vortex with its bill, plucking small insects or crustaceans caught up therein. On the open ocean, they are often found where converging currents produce upwellings. During migration, some flocks stop over on the open waters at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy to take advantage of food stirred up by tidal action.
Almost all of the nonbreeding season is spent in open water. This species is often very tame and approachable.

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great compo,Ravzan
i like the chromatism on the surface of water and the magnific light on Phalaropus lobatus...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-20 15:04]

Hi Razvan,excellent shot of this rare guest of the TN gallery,beautiful details and a very rich background,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-05-20 21:32]

Hej Razvan,
An excellent capture of Smalnäbbad simsnäppa!
Fine lighting, colours and POV.
Not easy to get such a shot in S. Sweden!
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Razvan
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours.

Felicitari, minunata fotografie despre o specie rara la noi, si pe care o vad doar in penaj de iarna, sau imm.!

Ciao Razvan, great capture of lovely bird, fantastic colors, excellent sharpness, splendid light and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-21 3:37]

Hello Razvan,
Very nice photo of this Re-necked Phalarope. Beautiful light and colours and taken from an excellent low POV, as usual. Nice composition too.

Buna Razvan,
O imagine reusita cu aceasta specie rara la noi!Compozitie buna ca detalii si culorile.Felicitari!

S-ar parea ca ai descoperit o zona extrem de populata cu pasari de balta....Incredibil ce specii superbe....Felicitari!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-05-22 12:03]

Hello Razvan.
How lucky you were to capture this wonderful bird and a brilliant capture it is too!! Fantastic sharpness and colours and I love the light! Well composed too!
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-05-22 20:49]

Hola Razvan, hermosa especie que no conocía, colores y entorno de lo mejor en su medio ambiente...saludos.

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