brine shrimp. And Mono has plenty of them. They feed on microscopic plankton which is so plentiful, it turns the lake green. Another plentiful creature in the Mono lake ecology is the alakine fly, which also feeds on plankton. All of this plenty at the small size scale, converts to high productivity at the higher size scale and millions of water birds visit the lake. We saw the fag-end of the migration. But we did get to see all the little stuff and the big stuff chasing it, successfully or not.
The cool thing about the flies is that they carpet the shore and when you disturb them, the disturbance travels through the carpet and you get these waves of flies, flying off and landing again behind you. Imagine being the exact opposite of magnetic as you walk through nail filings.
|C is usually not that repellant to insects.|
|It take little to set the flies off and even dainty bird steps will do it.|
|But there really are a lot of the little blighters. Its a blizzard in fact.|
|This gave some birds some bright ideas. This California gull thought it was enough to simply run through the swarm with his mouth open. The worst thing is, I suspect it worked. Natural selection isn't what it used to be.|
|Or at least that's what these guys seem to be thinking|
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