Ruddy Turnstone in early morning light

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 at Fort De Soto County Park in Florida several years ago as it stood on the sandy beach in early morning light. 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.


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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 photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.


  1. 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.

    • 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. Lovely detail and lighting!

  3. A beautiful bird, you caught it very well Mia.

  4. 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. ;)

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

  6. Ahh…soft and warm.

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

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