After dashing back and forth through the surf in search of a tasty morsel, this little Sanderling took a moment to shake off the water drops, becoming a floof in so doing. Its ruffled feathers brought to my mind a charming Audubon Society article that describes the shape-shifting nature of birds, including the ability to floof. It ends with these words: “We can cage them for a time, but in the end, it’s always better to see them fly.” Or, in this case, to see them floof.

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