Ruddy Turnstone in early morning light

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Ruddy Turnstone in early morning lightRuddy Turnstone in early morning light – Nikon D200, handheld, f9, 1/500, ISO 320, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I photographed this Ruddy Turnstone in early morning light at Fort De Soto County Park in Florida several years ago as it stood on the sandy beach. I like how the sunlight created a subtle warm glow to the shorebird’s plumage and the great catch light. This image was taken in November when the Turnstones were in nonbreeding plumage.

Mia

12 Comments

  1. Bryce Robinson March 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Top drawer! I love turnstones. I haven’t seen one yet but I am drawn to them for some reason. I’m jealous again of some of the birds you have experienced Mia.

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      I hope you get to see a Turnstone soon Bryce, they are spotted along the causeway to AI sometimes. In full breeding plumage they are amazingly colorful!

  2. Kathie February 28, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Lovely detail and lighting!

  3. Bob Bushell February 28, 2013 at 12:40 am

    A beautiful bird, you caught it very well Mia.

  4. Ingrid February 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I can’t wait to see a Ruddy. I’ve only see the Black Turnstones. Their variations in color are wonderful. What a pose … and not a body shadow in sight. 😉

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Ingrid, I have yet to see Black Turnstones and they look beautiful too. Thanks!

  5. Wally February 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    That morning light almost gives him a … “ruddy” … glow. (Couldn’t resist.)

    • Mia McPherson February 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      LOL Wally, I like that!

  6. Laurence Butler February 27, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Ahh…soft and warm.

    You must be ready for the Utah winter to be over? : )

    • Mia McPherson February 27, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Very much so Laurence. I’m looking forward to the forecasted 50 degree temps this weekend and the arrival of our spring migrants!

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