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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: 2008-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-12 2:38
Viewed: 4789
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Turnstone at RSPB Elmley Marshes nature reserve.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Turnstones are the bird species in the genus Arenaria in the family Scolopacidae. They are closely related to calidrid sandpipers and might be considered members of the tribe Calidriini. Both birds are distinctive medium-sized waders. They are high Arctic breeders, and are migratory. These chunky powerful birds have strong necks and bills well suited to their feeding technique. As the name implies, these species readily turn stones or seaweed looking for hidden invertebrates. They are strictly coastal, preferring stony beaches to sand, and are often found with other waders such as Purple Sandpipers.

Their appearance is striking in flight, with white patches on the back, wings and tail.

The Ruddy Turnstone (or just Turnstone in Europe), Arenaria interpres, has a circumpolar distribution, and is a very long distance migrant, wintering on coasts as far south as South Africa and Australia. It is thus a common sight on coasts almost everywhere in the world.

In breeding plumage, this is a showy bird, with a black-and-white head, chestnut back, white underparts and red legs. The drabber winter plumage is basically brown above and white below.

This is a generally tame bird and is an opportunist feeder. Unlike most waders, it will scavenge, and has a phenomenal list of recorded food items, including human corpses and coconut.

The call is a staccato tuck- tuck- tuck.
The Ruddy Turnstone is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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just beautiful! i really like your "collection" of waders and sea-birds. i know this one of course, from bird-books, never seen
one in nature, maybe even not in a zoo. anyway, very nice and colorful capture, the plumage is great.
thanks & have a wonderful day. thor.

This is an excellent capture, Pekka.Very sharp, and detailed.

hello Pekka

excellent close shot image of the Turnstone with a fine
low POV at the level of the bird, lovely warm colour tones
of the image, great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-12 7:11]

Hello Pekka,
Very beautiful photo of this Turnstone. Excellent sharpness, details and saturated colours. Very good POV and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-12 7:21]

Hello Pekka,
Though I have digiscoped Turnstones with fairly good results, I have never been as close as to take a fine shot like this. Excellent colours, sharpness, lighting and a fine POV.
TFS this beauty,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-12 8:07]

Hi Pekka,

A new bird for me,thanks for the intoduction,I like the capture with its colors,well done and tfs


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-12 8:13]

Hola Pekka,
hermosa captura,
bellos plumaje, excelente pov y detalles...
buen trabajo,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-12 9:32]

Hi Pekka,

Now you introduce me to this handsome looking Turnstone. A wonderful shot with fine details of the face, wing, and plummage. The colors are most amazing and unusual. A nice pose and lovely setting.


Hello Pekka,

already a beautiful bird.
Nice pose and dof, colours and sharpness.


A close encounter, Pekka.
Beautiful bird.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-12 14:58]

Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!
What a stunningly patterned bird that you have captured so well!
Very well exposed with great lighting.
Sharp with great detail!
The composition is superb!

Exceptionally well done,


I as well as others it seems, love teh shore birds. Your image is a fine example of these which I miss...although I tend to miss just about everything. I reckon I wouldn't make a good Buddhist Monk, but I would bow to them in their understanding of the passing on time, which is done so well in nature....exceptions being human. It looks a bit like a cross between a piper and a Killdeer...how odd...very well seen in its natural habitat. And again others are quite right about your aviary collection which is simply fine!

Hello Pekka. Very good shot in flawless sharpness and pleasant detail of the plumage. Colorful bird and the foreground grass looks good here. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-12 23:25]

Hi Pekka

Great shot - excellent POV with lovely detail and colour.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-13 15:46]

Hello Pekka,
This is truly a brilliant image with outstanding image quality. The colors and details are fantastic, thank you Pekka.

Hi Pekka, splendid bird with fantastic colors, wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-16 22:06]

Hello Pekka

Lovely plumage detail and colours .
The feathers are well defined.
The POV is well done.You managed a very good close up of this beautiful bird.
Nice glint in the eye too.


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