Red-necked Phalarope
Phalaropus lobatus

f4.5 @ 1/800s, ISO:1600, Nikon D3S w 300mm

"Red-necked Phalarope," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The typical avian sex roles are reversed in the three phalarope species. Females are larger and more brightly colored than males. The females pursue and fight over males, and will defend their mate from other females until the clutch is complete and the male begins incubation. The males perform all incubation and chick-rearing activities, while the females may attempt to find another mate. If a male loses his eggs to predation, he may re-pair with his original mate or a new female to try again. Once it becomes too late in the breeding season to start new nests, females begin their southward migration, leaving the males to incubate the eggs and look after the young. Clutch size is usually 4 splotchy olive-buff eggs, but can be fewer. The young mainly feed themselves and are able to fly within 20 days of hatch.
Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway