Dangers of Being a Phalarope


Far in the arctic north, near the Arctic Ocean, you’ll notice a phalarope spinning in a pond.  Then you’ll see another, different phalarope spinning nearby.  And another, then two more, maybe five spinning phalaropes.  Although not yet witnessed, there has got to be one time when the above happened.  I’m sure of it.

These seven to eight-inch feathery tornadoes are awesome.  As they spin, they create an upwelling of water far below them (at least a foot), sending tiny aquatic creatures right into their mouths.  They also look really pretty in their breeding colors.