Friday, September 22, 2023

Who Feeds on Brine Flies on Antelope Island - III

Mostly I photographed Franklin's gulls running through the clouds of brine flies with their open bills to catch as much flies as possible.  In July, I spotted on the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake Red-necked Phalaropes, also feeding on flies to fuel up for their long migration.

This Phalarope was passively snatching flies from the air while standing and resting.  

The clouds of brine flies can be so thick that they interfere with with cameras' autofocus, and it can sometimes be tricky to focus clearly on the birds behind the swarm of brine flies.  Practice helps and so does patience.

Generally, life is good.


  1. Unbelievable! When the number of flies interferes with focusing. What a thrill.

  2. Son abundantes las moscas.Tiene comida abundante y disfruta de una buena alimentación.
    Que tengas un feliz fin de semana.