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Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-08 8:57
Viewed: 3178
Points: 26
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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.
Non-breeding plumage.It is a fairly small and stocky bird, 22-24 centimetres long with a wingspan of 50-57 centimetres and a weight of 85-150 grams. The dark, wedge-shaped bill is 2-2.5 centimetres long and slightly upturned. The legs are fairly short at 3.5 centimetres 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 upperparts 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.


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Hallo Siegfried
turnstone is one of my favourite waders. I have seen more than 300 bird species, but I cant still capture it. you captured it with a fine shot. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-08 9:25]

Hello Siegfried
nice shot, I saw this species for few times until now but, as said Ahmet, I couldn't capture it.
Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-08 9:35]

Hi Siegfried.
You have pictured a very cute bird at so interesting back POV. I like its glance and turn of head so much also as well as superb details and sharpness of the bird image and surrounding stones. Exposure is superb too. White feathers are reproduced amazingly. TFS and best wishes.

Hello Siggi,

A shot which clearly displays the details of the bird's lovely plummage from its speckled back to its pale breast feathers.
The tilt of its head suggests it a character full of curiosity.
Good dof which blurs, unusually, in a diagonal across the frame.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Siegfried,
A nice capture of this Ruddy Turnstone. Very good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-08 11:03]

Hi Siegfried. This is a bird i have not seen before so thanks for posting. As you say in your interesting notes a very stocky bird with short legs. It has some nice feather markings and colours in the feathers which you shot show so well. TFS.

Hello Siegfried,
great capture of Ruddy Turnstone, very good sharpness and splendid colours, interesting pose of this lovely bird, well done.
Best regards

Ciao Siggi, lovely bird with wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-04-08 12:09]

Hello Siegfried,
Splendid shot of this lovely bird with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

Hello Siegfried, beautiful shot of this bird with wonderful details.
TFS and greetings,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-08 14:22]

Hi Siggi,how are nices the plumes of this bird! I never seen one like that,your POV is the best to appreciate better the colors.Excellent sharpness too.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-08 15:12]

Hi Siggi,

This is a wader that I am not familiar with. He looks like a cute one in that coy pose. I love the colors of his feathers. Fine details of the face, eye, wings and plumage. A nice natural setting and composition.


Hi and Good Morning MF Siggi,
An impressive capture of this beautifully colored and paterned pretty bird from nice and unusual POV with excellent neat details and wonderful composition!
TFS and have a nice day!


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