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David Fix
87. by David Fix on July 28, 2011 at 02:46 pm

I once watched several among a group of fall migrant Red-necked Phalaropes at a coastal wetland repeatedly use what amounted to an ephemeral tool. Shore flies, which stand atop the water using surface tension, were thick. To hunt them, a phalarope would swim toward a fly, increasing its swimming speed, and thereby pushing ahead a distinct bow wave. The bird would flatten its neck, head, and bill, hiding quite effectively behind the wave, and then lunge over the wave to snap up an unsuspecting fly. I watched this happen again and again and the inescapable conclusion was that the birds were employing a moving hide. This may well be a widespread and possibly ancient behavior, but I had never seen it or read about it. Anyone else?

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this occasionally, confident.

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