Ruddy Turnstone on Driftwood

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.



  1. Dan Huber December 7, 2012 at 4:25 am

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

  2. Seagullsteve December 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    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…

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks Steve, I liked the lighting too. You’ll have to go back for the Turnstone shots 🙂

  3. Jim Braswell December 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm


    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks Jim, they are a lovely shorebird

  4. Hilke Breder December 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Great image, Mia!

  5. Bob Bushell December 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

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

  6. Laurence Butler December 5, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Super Sweet Shot!

  7. Joshua Phillips December 5, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I guess ruddy turnstones are passerines now? Lovely lighting.

    • Mia McPherson December 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

      🙂 Thanks Joshua, maybe this turnstone thinks it is a passerine.

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