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Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone in english and Voltapietre in italian) 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.
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Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D90
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
Exposure Time: 625/100000 sec
Focal Length: 150/1 mm
Date Taken: 2011-08-26 15:37
Metering Mode: Pattern
File Size: 220 kb
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- [2011-10-18 4:08]
Questa ce l'avevi davanti alla sdraio e non hai fatto fatica a beccarla prima di essere lei a beccare te...ehehe...pero' la qualita' e' davvero impressionante,che dettagli e che bianco,un vero capolavoro! Buona giornata,Luciano
- [2011-10-18 4:16]
Very nice, sharp image with fine natural colours Sergio!
But this is not Calidris minutilla. It is Arenaria interpres in winter plumage. Minutilla doea not have the bright orange legs and is much smaller than interpres.
- [2011-10-18 6:45]
Excellent photo, very good sharp and colorful details on this photo of this Arenaria interpres, TFS!
beautiful coloured bird with great sharpness
thanks greeting lou
- [2011-10-18 11:42]
You managed to picture this cute bird very well. All details, colour shades, motion are reflected nicely. Compliments and TFS.
A beautiful capture of this bird taken with fine details, excellent sharpness and natural colours. I agree with Ivan and Jozsef about the species.