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Copyright: john vantighem (john1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR 350, Tamron 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 XR DiII LD Asp, Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-30 7:51
Viewed: 1552
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Arenaria interpres .

It is a fairly small and stocky bird, 2224 centimetres (8.79.4 in) long with a wingspan of 5057 centimetres (2022 in) and a weight of 85150 g (3.05.3 oz). The dark, wedge-shaped bill is 22.5 centimetres (0.790.98 in) long and slightly upturned. The legs are fairly short at 3.5 centimetres (1.4 in) and are bright orange.

At all seasons, the plumage is dominated by a harlequin-like pattern of black and white. Breeding birds have reddish-brown upper parts with black markings. The head is mainly white with black streaks on the crown and a black pattern on the face. The breast is mainly black apart from a white patch on the sides. The rest of the underparts are white. In flight it reveals a white wingbar, white patch near the base of the wing and white lower back, rump and tail with dark bands on the uppertail-coverts and near the tip of the tail. The female is slightly duller than the male and has a browner head with more streaking.

Ruddy Turnstone on Bald Head Island
Non-breeding adults are duller than breeding birds and have dark grey-brown upperparts with black mottling and a dark head with little white. Juvenile birds have a pale brown head and pale fringes to the upperpart feathers creating a scaly impression.

Birds of the subspecies morinella are smaller with darker upperparts and less streaking on the crown.

The Ruddy Turnstone has a staccato, rattling call and also a chattering alarm-call which is mainly given during the breeding season.

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hallo John
very nice picture and good details
nice pose of this bird
thanks greeting lou

Hi Neighbor :)

What a cute bird, love the orange feet and lighting revealing his left eye. Would like lt see more of this species! My first time viewing! (I say that alot here)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-12-30 10:44]

Salut John,magnifique face a face avec cette espece que j'ai vue seuelement aux Caraibes,perspective super et qualite' au top aussi.Bon 2014 et merci,Luciano

Ciao John, lovely visitor, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi John,
beautiful photo of the bird. Amazing colours. Excellent presentation and composition.
Happy New Year.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-12-31 6:59]

Hello John,
Happy New Year!!regards..

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-05 10:49]

Hi John,
Very nice photo bautiful bird,amazing colors and
details. Excellent the eye's contact.
Regards Jiri.

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