English and Scientific names:

Red-necked Phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus


Number of individuals: 

1 - age and sex unknown



Terrebonne Parish


Specific Locality:

Whiskey Island, barrier island in the Isles Dernieres chain.


Date(s) when observed:

May 20, 2010



Time(s) of day when observed:  

9:00 AM

Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton

Lafayette, LA


Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Steve Cardiff

Steve found the bird and called me from the beach to try and get a photo. We were conducting a walking survey of the island.


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)



Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Good, light behind us.



Optical equipment: 

Binocs and camera lens


Distance to bird(s): 

75 feet


Duration of observation:

5 minutes



Small pond in the interior of the island about 100 yards in from the beach.


Behavior of bird: 

Swimming and feeding with small group of other shorebirds.



As seen in the photos (attached)





Similar species:

see photo


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Dave Patton

300mm lens


Previous experience with this species: 

Only one before.


Identification aids:



This description is written from: 

This form is meant to accompany photos.


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 



Date and time: 

November 23, 2010Yes