Sunday, May 26, 2013

Red-necked Phalaropes

 Towards the end of my stay I found 5 red-necked phalaropes on a small fish pond behind the mudflats. The are one of my favourite families and I spent a lot of time sketching and photographing them.
 The flock were made up of 2 males and 3 females in various stages of moult. Above are the 2 males, below females.

 Its often hard to comprehend the size of these birds sometimes, seeing them feeding amongst little grebes was a great reminder of how small they really are!


  1. Splendid sketches here! Phalaropes are always fun to watch especially when they're in breeding plumage.

  2. Hey Rob, WOW! Huge congratulations on finishing your course, and best of luck in the future. Thanks for posting all these stunning sketches and plates of mouthwatering birds. The Spoon-billed must have been magical. Hope the rest of your trip is just as good- don't let that pencil go blunt!