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Rudy Turnstone-Non-breeding plumage

Rudy Turnstone-Non-breeding plumage
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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: 2011-10
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-12 10:41
Viewed: 1882
Points: 32
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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.
It is a fairly small and stocky bird, 22–24 centimetres (8.7–9.4 in) long with a wingspan of 50–57 centimetres (20–22 in) and a weight of 85–150 g (3.0–5.3 oz). The dark, wedge-shaped bill is 2–2.5 centimetres (0.79–0.98 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.
Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands
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.

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hello Siegfried
very nice pose of this beauty
great details and good sharpness
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

Czesc Siggi,
oczywiscie bardzo dobra ostrosc i kompozycja. Ladne kolory. Ogolnie super zdjecie tego ptaka.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-12 11:41]

Hello Siggi,
A photo taken from a pleasing frontal POV in fantastic sharpness and beautiful colours.

Hello Siggi,
Amazing bird and great photo.Very good compozition,wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.
Best regards

Ciao Siegfried.
Simpatica questa foto sembra che questo Voltapietre si sia messo in posa sopra un tappetino di alghe.
Stupendi i colori .Grande nitidezza con ottimi particolari,molto bene la composizione , molto bravo.
Un saluto Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-01-12 13:28]

Hallo Siggi,
A perfect capture ..
Nice composition with a lovely Ruddy Turnstone. Excellent clarity, sharpness and focus.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-12 14:06]

Hi Siggi,very nice meeting face to face and great capture whit total sharpness and excellents saturation,i like the orange legs and the perfect plumage details.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Siegfried
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-01-12 15:06]

hello Siegfried

very nice pose of this peacefull bird and
great details and very good sharpness
the colours also beautiful.we call it KEECHAN IN TAMIL.

Hello Siggi,
Excellent photo of this very nice Bird, rare species in our country, great lights and very nice, fine details and colors!
Regards, Joska

Hello Siggi,
Beautiful perch on that moldy trunk. Lovely close focus and details exposure of the plumage. Pleasing framing and good work with the lens.
Thanks and kind regards,

wonderful composition with fine colors performance and nice quality!
regards Siggi

Very nice setting and composition. Good pose and detail. Nice to see this bird.
regards yiannis

Ciao Siegfried. Good light and colours. Excellent contrast.


Nice capture of this Ruddy Turnstone
TFS, Ferran

Hello Siegfried,
What amazing capture with fantastic colors and shape.
Superb photo with great focus and very good clarity.
Wonderful contrast against the background.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Siegfried friend!
Nice and eye catching POV for this bird!

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