A Wilson’s Phalarope and a Midge at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

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A Wilson's Phalarope and a MidgeA Wilson’s Phalarope and a Midge – Nikon D810, f9, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

On my recent trip to Idaho and Montana I didn’t have many opportunities with Wilson’s Phalaropes except for one at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge’s Lower Lake. There were quite a few in the ephemeral pond east of the dam road that were too far away to photograph but one on the west side that was close enough to lay glass on.

This Wilson’s Phalarope was busy looking for insects to eat and after this frame it caught and ate the midge in front of its bill.

I’m back home now and trying to get caught up with culling several thousand images that I took on this recent journey.

Life is good.

Mia

3 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover June 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    What a great image — I tried to blow the midge off my screen; at least they don’t bite.

  2. Elephant's Child June 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Death to all midges. And ‘squitoes. Patty is again indulging in the unhygenic habit of taking words from my mouth. Yes, I know, I am being unfair. She was here first. Love all of your ‘related images’.

  3. Patty Chadwick June 16, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Love the intensity and laser-like focus of this beautiful water bird…also “Rainbow of Phalaropes” ” and “A Lot of Wison’s Phalaropes”… AND”Hail, Yeah”…all good!!!

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