Young Wilson’s Phalaropes at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge

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A young Wilson's Phalarope at Bear River NWRA young Wilson’s Phalarope at Bear River NWR – Nikon D810, f8, 1/2500, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I am seeing more and more Wilson’s Phalaropes at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge and the majority of the birds I see are hatch year birds. I see more adult phalaropes out on the Great Salt Lake  near the causeway to Antelope Island State Park right now.

A juvenile Wilson's Phalarope foragingA juvenile Wilson’s Phalarope foraging – Nikon D810, f8, 1/2500, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

This juvenile Wilson’s Phalarope was feeding near the south side of the auto tour route yesterday with stilts and avocets and more phalaropes. This one happened to be the closest to the road. It looks a bit older than the young phalarope I posted late last month because the downy fuzz on the back of the head and neck shown on that bird isn’t present on this juvenile.

Life is good.

It is a rainy day here so I might finally be able to catch up on a few things!

Mia

6 Comments

  1. Tom Martin August 3, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Stunning Mia, thanks, Tom

  2. Elephant's Child August 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Enjoy your rain.
    Loved the images of these young ‘uns.
    Thank you.

  3. Patty Chadwick August 3, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Two beautiful images…both serene and tranquil.

  4. Dave Sparks August 3, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Excellent captures! I don’t think I’ve ever seen these birds in that plumage.

  5. Wally August 3, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Marvelous photographs of this handsome youngster! They are so subtly beautiful. I’ve only seen a phalarope once on Florida’s Merritt Island NWR but he was surrounded by paparazzi!

  6. Eileen August 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Gorgeous shot, it is a great bird! And one I would like to add to my list. Happy Monday!

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