When I photographed this resting Ruddy Turnstone male on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in 2009 I knew it wouldn’t be long before he migrated to a rocky arctic coast to breed. His plumage was much brighter than the birds that had over wintered along the gulf coast. Turnstones get their name because they turn things over with their bills looking for prey including the stones found on their breeding grounds. We have two species of Turnstones in North America, the American and the Black. I have yet to see and photograph Black Turnstones and I sincerely hope that one day I will have that opportunity.
I do see Ruddy Turnstones here in Utah during their migration but I have never been able to get as close to them as I did when I lived in Florida. There were times in Florida that if I laid very still for a long period of time that the turnstones would come so close to me that I could not focus on them with my gear.
I might have to get some camo gear and sit on the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake to get close to the Ruddy Turnstones here.
Life is good.