Dad phalarope taking care for his young

This one is for all the dad’s in the world, especially for mine.

In nature dad’s often let the mothers take care for the young. Sometimes both parents take care for the young, but there are only a few species where the dad’s take all care. Phalaropes are an example of that last group. The females seduce the males and after they lay the eggs, they leave the male in search for another male. The male will incubate the eggs and afterwards lead the young to good feeding area’s and protect them against predators.

Meanwhile the female repeats the trick with another male, and so on, and so on. Therefor the females are the brighter coloured birds in phalaropes, as they have to seduce the males.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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