Ruddy Turnstone on Driftwood

Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy Turnstone – 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.


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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. Love the lighting in this. One of my favorite shorebirds – very nice Mia

  2. Pretty sweet lighting. This is the one bird I never got to properly photograph in the Tortugas; it would have been easy, they are completely tame there. Should have gotten a battery grip…

  3. Lovely!

  4. Lovely to see you getting the Ruddy Turnstone, it is marvelous.

  5. I guess ruddy turnstones are passerines now? Lovely lighting.

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