bird photography Sandra Palme

Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)

The Grey Phalarope is a beautiful little wader that breeds in the Arctic and winters out at sea. Sometimes individual birds
can be seen along the coast on migration, especially after storms.
So far, I have been lucky enough to be able to watch and photograph grey phalaropes on two occasions: a beautiful juvenile
grey phalarope at Prinsted in West Sussex in September 2011 and one on a children's paddling pool in Hove, East Sussex in January 2014. Both birds were virtually tame - not unusual for phalaropes that have probably never met humans before.
I wish bird watching could always be like this!
Please click on the thumbnails to see more photos of the two birds.

juvenile grey phalarope Prinsted grey phalarope Hove Lagoon
Juvenile Grey Phalarope
at Prinstead
Grey Phalarope
at Hove Lagoon

More photos of waders: Wading Birds