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NOAA Photo Library Image - nerr0813

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.

Image ID: nerr0813, NOAA's Estuarine Research Reserve Collection
Location: Near Homer, Alaska
Credit: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Category: Estuaries/

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