Red (Grey) Phalarope

Red (Grey) Phalarope - Phalaropus fulicarius 


Svalbard, 27.7.2012, small group of less than 10 birds.


These birds are moulting into their winter plumage.   They've been in Svalbard to breed.   We'd just got close enough to start photographing and watching them when a Polar Bear appearing meant we had to leave immediately.

Apparently they spend the winter at sea further south.

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