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Dizzy Chick  4155 | by Dr DAD (Daniel A D'Auria MD)
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Dizzy Chick 4155

Red Phalaropes, like other phalarope species, demonstrate role reversal when it comes to traditional avian sex roles. Once she has laid her eggs, this female will begin her trek, migrating southward toward wintering grounds. Her male partner will be left to incubate, brood, and raise the young. These small shorebirds frequently swim or walk in tight circles in the water; stirring up insect larvae and small crustaceans from the bottom sediment. The activity is almost dizzying but they don’t seem bothered in the least. This female, having just completed a few circles, stops to take a gander at my camera. She’s no dizzy chick. In the next few weeks she’ll be headed for the good life while dad hangs behind caring for the house and family. It’s amazing that they survive! #RedPhalarope

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Taken on June 16, 2016