After autumn gales a little bird, the grey phalarope turns up in Britain.
Grey Phalaropes are also know to be very tame and approachable.
As you can see in the picture, the bird is predominantly white and grey in its non-breeding plumage, the form in which it’s seen in almost all cases in the UK. When in breeding plumage, however, it turns to a stunning red, giving it the alternative name Red Phalarope. They breed in the high Arctic; Siberia, Greenland, Alaska, Canada and Svalbard before migrating to the coast of South Africa and South America to overwinter. Nearly their whole migration takes place over sea, one of the reasons why they are such rare visitors to our shores. 📸 1/1250 f5.6 Iso 500