Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy Turnstone on Driftwood – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/640, ISO 500, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

In Florida it wasn’t often that I would see Ruddy Turnstones perched on anything other than the sand so I was tickled one morning when I came across this turnstone in nonbreeding plumage perched on a piece of weathered driftwood just after the sun came over the horizon with the waters of the Gulf of Mexico behind it.

Ruddy Turnstones breed in the high Arctic and winter along the shore lines of the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, the Caribbean and as far south as South America.