Ruddy Turnstone Bathing

This Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) image was created several years ago at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach in central Florida.

Bathing Ruddy TurnstoneRuddy Turnstone bathing – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 160, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light

I had been photographing a Red-breasted Merganser on the shoreline while sitting very low in the water of a tidal lagoon when I heard splashing sounds and saw this Ruddy Turnstone in breeding plumage bathing.  Since I had been sitting very still in the lagoon to photograph the Merganser the Ruddy Turnstone didn’t feel alarmed by my presence and felt comfortable enough to bathe about 20 feet from me. I just have to love those flying droplets of water.



  1. Larry Jordan August 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    A perfect moment in time! Beautiful shot Mia!

    • Mia McPherson August 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks Larry, they are a beautiful shorebird

  2. Seagullsteve August 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Ive yet to slay a RUTU with my camera. Well done. Its hard to get bathing birds, especially without creating the bath in the first place.

    Great shots from Montana, by the way…some would call them facemelting.

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      I hope you get your RUTU’s soon Steve!I was in the water with the bird, maybe it thought I was bathing too.

      The whole trip to Montana was facemelting, my best one to that location yet! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  3. Carol Mattingly August 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Don’t you love it when you capture a bird taking a bath. It’s not something we get to see that often but when we do it’s fun. Love this image. Carol

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      I do love to catch a bird taking a bath Carol, the action is great. Thanks so much for your comment.

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales August 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve never seen one of these before… Interesting bird.

  5. Laurence Butler August 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Beautiful bird beautiful shot!

  6. Dan Huber August 1, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Great capture of bathing action. Love the turnstones.

    • Mia McPherson August 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks Dan, I love Turnstones too.

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