<< Previous Next >>

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone
Photo Information
Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: nikon D 200, NIKKOR AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Digital ISO 320, SIGMA DG UV Filter 67mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-22 12:17
Viewed: 3111
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a small wading bird, one of two species of turnstone in the genus Arenaria. It is now classified in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae but was formerly sometimes placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is a highly migratory bird, breeding in northern parts of Eurasia and North America and flying south to winter on coastlines almost worldwide. It is the only species of turnstone in much of its range and is often known simply as Turnstone.

Descriptiom :
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 85-150 grams. 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.

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.


Bird on a pier in Rockport, Texas.It breeds in northern latitudes, usually no more than a few kilometres from the sea. The subspecies A. i. morinella occurs in northern Alaska and in Arctic Canada as far east as Baffin Island. A. i. interpres breeds in western Alaska, Ellesmere Island, Greenland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden , Finland, Estonia and northern Russia. It formerly bred on the Baltic coast of Germany and has possibly bred in Scotland and the Faroe Islands.

In the Americas, the species winters on coastlines from Washington and Massachusetts southwards to the southern tip of South America although it is scarce in southern parts of Chile and Argentina and is only an unconfirmed vagrant in the Falkland Islands. In Europe it winters in western regions from Iceland, Norway and Denmark southwards. Only small numbers are found on Mediterranean coasts. In Africa it is common all the way down to South Africa with good numbers on many offshore islands. In Asia it is widespread in the south with birds wintering as far north as southern China and Japan (mainly in the Ryukyu Islands). It occurs south to Tasmania and New Zealand and is present on many Pacific islands. Some non-breeding birds remain year round in many parts of the wintering range, with some of those birds still taking on breeding plumage in the spring and summer.

More info:

marius-secan, Alex99, Argus, brech, rousettus, KOMSIS, siggi has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hello Thijs,
Lovely capture with such impressive details, colors and good focus.
Excellent portrait with wonderful clarity, perfect exposure and great light.
Splendid contrast against the blurred background.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-02-23 4:21]

Hi Thijs.
Excellent portrait of a cute bird. I am impressed with quality of the image, taken at open aperture. Sharpness and details are really very good. I also welcome nice framing of the bird and a bit back POV. Well done and all the best.

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-23 7:45]

Hello Thijs,
You must have been close to take such a fine detailed portrait of a Turnstone in winter plumage.
The lighting, sharpness, colours and composition of the head and upper part of the body are excellent against a clear sky.
Well done and thanks. This ispecies has now become a very rare breeding species in Sweden.
Kind regards,

Hallo Thijs,
what a great portraite of pretty Turnstone with vidid eye contact and great sharp details. POV/DOF, BG and coloration superb. nicely composed and cropped. thanks for sharing. best wishes

  • Great 
  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-02-28 10:53]

Hi Thijs,
Ruddy Turnstone, a beautiful shot!
A lovely capture of this beautiful portrait. Good composition with sharp details.
Best wishes,

  • Great 
  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-28 11:11]

Hello Thijs.
The colors and details of the unusual plummage and face are wonderful.Very good point of view and a well balanced composition!Best regards Siggi

  • Great 
  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-02-28 13:40]

Hello Thijs,
Very nice capture, the clarity, color and composition is very beautiful.
Congratulations and best regards ..

Calibration Check