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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 400, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-27 3:17
Viewed: 3459
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Turnstone guarding a grab it has been eating. The Sanderlings were very interested in the same prey. Actually this picture was taken just few meters from the Sanderling I posted yesterday. The picture was taken at the sea shore outside of RSPB Titchwell nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

In: Ruddy Turnstone Ca: Remena-rocs Da: Stenvender De: Steinwälzer Es: Vuelvepiedras común Fi: karikukko Fr: Tournepierre à collier It: Voltapietre Nl: Steenloper No: Steinvender Pt: Rola-do-mar Sv: Roskarl US: Ruddy Turnstone Ru: Камнешарка

In winter plumage Turnstones are mostly dark brown on the head and upperparts and there is a distinctive curving black blob extending down either side of the breast. This contrasts distinctively with the pure white belly. In summer plumage the head becomes splendidly black and white, rich red-brown and black colours appear in the mantle.

Breeds around rocky coasts. Winters on rocky shores and shingle beaches.

Their habit of walking busily along, deftly flicking over pebbles in search of food has given them their regular name and also the nickname of 'Brickflicker'.

Birds pass through western Europe 'en route' to their wintering areas along tropical and sub-tropical coasts in Africa. The birds which stay in Britain in winter are mostly from Canada and Greenland. Some birds can be found in wintering areas during the summer months. These are usually sub-adults which do not breed until they are 3-6 years old.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-27 6:13]

Hello Pekka,
An attractive composition with good details in the bird!
Amazing colour of this one, very well reproduced and so are the details in the plumage!
Best regards Siggi

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-27 6:26]

Hello Pekka, wonderful shot of this beutiful Turnstone bird. Details, sharpness and composition wonderful.
TFS an G's,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-27 7:11]

Hi Pekka
very nice image
very good sharp
well done.

Hi Pekka, a fabulous shot of this beautiful Turnstone guarding a grab. Realy interesting and great document. Excellent details, DOF/POV and composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-27 9:45]

Hi Pekka,
Very nice capture of this turnstone.Colors,exposure,details and DOFare wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Pekka
wonderful shot of this Turnstone with nice details, colours and composition.
TFS and greetings,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-27 11:00]

Hi Pekka,

That's a nice sized catch he is guarding. This Turnstone is an interesting looking bird with the black markings on his face, head and breast and the beautifully colored wings. You captured him in fine detail. A nice natural setting and composition.


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

Hello Pekka
A beautiful image of a beautiful bird which i did not see before with nice details, sharpness and composition. TFS.

hello Pekka

excellent shot of this Turnstone with his capture,
shot with fine POV, DOF and framing, beautiful warm
colour tones and excellent sharpness & details, TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-27 21:22]

Hi Pekka,
Wonderful shot of this great looking bird and you have captured a superb moment here. Very impressive sharpness and you have handled the natural lighting pretty well. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

Hello Pekka,

You have captured the beautiful plummage well. I can imagine that, in strong sunlight, those white breast feathers could create a problem.
It is interesting to see it with its food source.
A well composed shot, positioning the bird nicely off-centre.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-28 7:35]

Hej Pekka,
Great capture of this Turnstone guarding its food! Very well-timed and I like the light and the colours. Fine details too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-28 10:20]

Hello Pekka,
Very nice photo of this Ruddy Turnstone in an excellent composition. Great sharpness and beautiful natural colours. POV and DOF are very good.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-28 14:08]

Hi Pekka,
a fine capture of this Turnstone.
I love this bird's plumage.
Very good sharpness.
Well composed.

Excellent stuff!


p.s I've replied to your email.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-28 14:14]

Hello Pekka! A great bird my friend, good light, good exposure and a great exposure, very well done!


Hello Pekka,
Good details, comp, & POV.
Really like the birds reds, browns, and black coloration I see.
Well done,

Nice Turnstone.The image success is what to say everything is beautiful.

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