A bathing Ruddy Turnstone

A bathing Ruddy TurnstoneA bathing Ruddy Turnstone – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 200, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light

I am a little late but I want to post this Ruddy Turnstone for World Shorebirds Day which was September 4 – 6.  About half the world’s shorebird populations are in decline and with climate change and rising sea levels habitat loss is happening at a faster rate than ever before.

Shorebirds are what sparked me into getting into bird photography and they got me into sand crawling, mud-sliding and sitting quietly in lagoons while the shorebirds rested, preened, foraged and interacted with the other shorebirds around them.

I can’t imagine a world without them.

Life is good.


PS – I’m hitting the road this morning. I will post when I can!


  1. Elephant's Child September 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    SUCH a beautiful thing. And I love your capture too.

  2. Cindy September 7, 2015 at 10:49 am

    May your efforts help to make the world see the beauty of life. We are all interconnected. Safe travels, Mia!

    • Patty Chadwick September 7, 2015 at 10:56 am

      That’s what the Lakota phrase “mitakuye oyasin” means…we are all connected, we are all one, we are all relatives, or “I acknowledge that we are all related/relatives”…all parts of the whole…

      This is such a beautiful bird…and even if I didn’t like the bird itsef so much, I’d like it for the name…love the way its name rolls off the tongue!

  3. M. Bruce September 7, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for the reminder Mia – I just posted a picture I took of a Wandering Tattler for World Shorebirds Day.

  4. Bob Mcpherson September 7, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Beautiful photo Mia. Please take a bow.

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