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Friday, November 05, 2010

Friday's Foto

Breeding across the top of North American and Eurasia, the Dunlin is a common, gregarious shorebird whose distribution is worldwide. This individual was part of a small flock at Floyd Bennett Field. The bird has mostly transitioned to basic plumage, but some breeding feathers can still be seen. While watching the flock I was surprised to observe some birds actually swimming in shallow water and looking a bit like a phalarope. I was under the impression that shorebirds can't swim.

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