September 26, 2011

Grey Phalarope in the Harbour

A Grey Phalarope probes the shallow water within Liscannor harbour , By keeping low and still the bird approached within 6 feet of me.
When feeding, a Grey 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, plucking small insects or crustaceans caught up therein. They sometimes fly up to catch insects in flight. On the open ocean, they are found in areas where converging ocean currents produce upwellings and are often found near groups of whales

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