Phalaropes

Almost a year to the day from when last I saw them, Wilson’s phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor) are back at White Rock Lake.  Passersby in the scheme of things, stopping to wine and dine on the freshly awash floodplain.

Wilson's phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor) swimming in shallow water (2009_05_04_018210)

In a case of reversed sexual dimorphism when compared to the birds most people see, like cardinals and warblers, female phalaropes sport showy colors while the males have more subdued hues.

Wilson's phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor) swimming in shallow water (2009_05_04_018214)

Yet neither gender can be called unattractive.

Wilson's phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor) swimming in shallow water (2009_05_04_018144)

And finding them here as they make their way northward always presents me with a gift.  Even if they don’t like photo sessions and always stay too far afoot for better images.

6 thoughts on “Phalaropes”

  1. I love phalaropes! And i love these photos of them! They are definitely good looking birds, and that glassy water is a nice touch, too! Great shots, Jason. I haven’t seen phalaropes in a while 🙁

    1. Thanks, Jill! They’re definitely good looking birds. We only see them during migration and it’s a lucky bit of timing to catch them as they pass through. So I was thrilled to see them. And sorry you’ve not see any in a while. Hopefully that will change soon.

    1. They are quite handsome, aren’t they, Jain? And I’m glad you like the photos. I wanted to get closer, but the dark, overcast day and all that still water made the perfect scene even from a distance.

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