Ruddy Turnstone in nonbreeding plumageRuddy Turnstone in nonbreeding plumage – Nikon D200, handheld, f8, 1/500, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 310mm, natural light

This is an image of a Ruddy Turnstone in nonbreeding plumage that was taken at Fort De Soto’s north beach in Florida during the month of March a few years ago. The edges of the scapulars and coverts show wear, the face and back are brownish.

Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumageMale Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage – Nikon D200, handheld, f9, 1/500, ISO 160, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 240mm, natural light

The image above shows a male Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage, this photo was also taken at Fort De Soto’s north beach in the month of May a few years ago. Breeding males are brighter and more colorful than breeding females. The males are striking with their black, white and ruddy calico pattern.

Ruddy Turnstones in breeding and nonbreeding plumage can appear to be two different species to novice birders and bird photographers as can several other bird species. I highly recommend  purchasing good field guides to help with identification.

During migration some Ruddy Turnstones do stop over in Utah but I haven’t been able to approach them close enough to get quality images.