Red-necked Phalarope by John Wall
There's no doubt that Red-necked Phalarope is one of the best-looking waders going. While they are often tame and approachable on their breeding grounds, spring birds on passage are not only rare, but also typically less showy. As a result, John Wall's excellent capture of a male in Dorset stands out.
One unusual element of the image is that the bird is stood on dry land – not a typical view of a phalarope, which is usually seen dashing around on the water. John has achieved this atypical stance beautifully, with the photo taken from a low angle viewpoint and with a pleasing green background. Congratulations!
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