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Red-necked Phalarope - May 27, 2010

Red-necked Phalarope at Bald Knob, Allegheny County
 
This outstanding male Red-necked Phalarope which stayed one day at Bald Knob represented the fourth or fifth record for Allegheny County, depending on what one thinks of the phalarope which was photographed at Bald Knob during the passage of Hurricane Fran in 1996. Regardless of that, this was the third May record at the Bald Knob pond in the past five years.

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Canon 50D, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x, 1/800 sec at f/8 (manual), ISO 320, handheld

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Canon 50D, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x, 1/1250 sec at f/7.1 (manual), ISO 320, handheld

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Canon 50D, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x, 1/800 sec at f/8 (manual), ISO 320, handheld

Recent research shows that phalaropes (and perhaps other shorebirds) use a technique called "Surface Tension Transport" to move drops of water that contain food up their bills against the force of gravity, by means of the surface tension of the water. Click here for a link to a recent issue of Birding Magazine in which this was discussed in the News and Notes. The photo below seems to show the phalarope caught in the act of beginning this process.

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Canon 50D, 500mm f/4L + 1.4x, 1/1250 sec at f/7.1 (manual), ISO 320, handheld

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