Ruddy Turnstone Bathing

This Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) image was created several years ago at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach in central Florida.

Bathing Ruddy TurnstoneBathing Ruddy Turnstone – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 160, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light

I had been photographing a Red-breasted Merganser on the shoreline while sitting very low in the water of a tidal lagoon when I heard splashing sounds and saw this Turnstone in breeding plumage bathing.  Since I had been sitting very still in the lagoon to photograph the Merganser the Ruddy Turnstone didn’t feel alarmed by my presence and felt comfortable enough to bathe about 20 feet from me. I just have to love those flying droplets of water.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. A perfect moment in time! Beautiful shot Mia!

  2. Ive yet to slay a RUTU with my camera. Well done. Its hard to get bathing birds, especially without creating the bath in the first place.

    Great shots from Montana, by the way…some would call them facemelting.

    • I hope you get your RUTU’s soon Steve!I was in the water with the bird, maybe it thought I was bathing too.

      The whole trip to Montana was facemelting, my best one to that location yet! Thanks for commenting. :-)

  3. Don’t you love it when you capture a bird taking a bath. It’s not something we get to see that often but when we do it’s fun. Love this image. Carol

  4. I’ve never seen one of these before… Interesting bird.

  5. Beautiful bird beautiful shot!

  6. Great capture of bathing action. Love the turnstones.

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