Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A red-necked phalarope (
Phalaropus lobatus) wades in shallow waters near shore. Pelagic in habit, this
shorebird spends most of its time at sea. Phalaropes employ the unique feeding
strategy of spinning-in-place on the water surface, creating a whirlpool beneath
themselves that pulls up bottom-dwelling larvae for them to feed on.