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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: 2009-04-01
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-20 1:26
Viewed: 3164
Points: 22
[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.
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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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-04-20 3:14]

Hello Siegfried, wonderful shot of these Ruddy Turnstones with nice composition and details.
TFS and G's,

Hi Siegfried,
A nice capture of these Ruddy Turnstones. Sharp details and a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-20 7:12]

Hi Siegfried,
a lovely angle to shoot these birds. Very nice composition with the greenish cliff and dark water as the BG.
Excellent used of light.
well done and how lovely to be at this place.


Hello Siegfried
wonderful shot of these beautiful birds with nice composition.

Hi MF Siggi, an excellent capture of these pretty turnstones in a fine composition.
TFS and cheers,

Ciao Siggi, lovely couple in nice pose, splendid light and colors, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-20 13:00]

Hi Siegfried. This is good picture of the Ruddy Turnstones which you have taken in bright light. But it has worked well. Giving you good detail and natural colours. Well done TFS good notes too.


Witaj Siegfried
Bardzo ciekawe kamuszniki, które masz na zdjęciu. Sklonilo mnie to do przeczytania o nich. Nigdy ich nie widzialam i dzieki temu, ze Ty je widziałeś, ja je zobaczylam. Dzieki Ci za to.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-20 14:32]

Hi Siggi,not easy to take a couple...and whit this very nice quality! Very beautiful work,i like a lot your point of view whit a water as background! 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)
  • [2009-04-20 17:37]

Hi Siggi,

This is a change of pace! You have introduced me to so many butterflies and now a bird I have not seen before. A nice pair of Ruddy Turnstones at the water's edge. Nice colors, details and setting. The water looks delicious.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-04-20 23:58]

Hola amigo,
interesante captura y buen pov y foco...
son unas aves de plumaje muy bonito,
bue disparo,

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