Birds of North Carolina Coast – Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone
f/5.6, 1/1600 sec., ISO-500, 540 mm focal length equivalent
Ruddy Turnstone f/5.6, 1/1600 sec., ISO-320, 540 mm focal length equivalent

Birds of Quivira – Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone

With unique coloration and behavior, the Ruddy Turnstone is a shorebird that does not take a second guess to identify.  The photograph above captures this conspicuous behavior for which these birds have earned their name.  They do turn anything that they can – looking for any type of small invertebrate that may be hiding underneath.  Anything includes dead fish or other animals, shells or trash washed up on a beach.

Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone

These guys typically migrate along the coasts and finding them in the interior is not that common.  Although we missed out on finding any Buff-breasted Sandpipers during this visit, we were glad to have the opportunity to watch these guys in action.

Ruddy Turnstone with Pipping Plover
Ruddy Turnstone with Piping Plover

-OZB