Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 274 - Ruddy Turnstone

While we were down on the beach at Apollo Bay we happened upon a small group of waders on the rocks in the waves.  There were some Red-Necked Stints, Knot (which I think were Great Knot, but they were very flightly) and some Ruddy Turnstone.  I was not geared up for photography on that walk, so I returned a couple of days later and managed to relocate the Ruddy Turnstones, but the other waders were less accommodating.

The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a distinctive and plump little bird - which breeds in the high arctic and returns to Australia for our summer.  I take great delight is seeing them.

The shots here show almost classic habitat - tidal reef and rock pools.





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20 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I love the turnstones when they visit these shores... who knows - we may even have 'shared a birdy'!!! YAM xx

NatureFootstep said...

I have seen tham a few times. Lovely birds. Thanks for sharing them.

Brian King said...

Very well camouflaged except for those bright legs!

Margaret Adamson said...

I always love watching Turnsttone turn over stones in the seaweed. Thanks for hosting Stewart and have a great week ahead. Thanks for linking me in while I was in Malawi.

Andrea Priebe said...

Oh my Goodness! Yet another bird I have never heard of or seen and, of course, it is in Australia. I feel for you ... so many birds, so much wildlife. You must surely be overwhelmed :) These are really beautiful and unique birds. They look like they are mosaic with tiny little pieces coming together to form their beautiful whole. If I don't make it to Australia to see some of these birds, I will haunt you from the grave, Ha! I sure would love to see just a handful of what you have shown us over the years ... that would make my life complete. Well, almost :) Have a great week, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Love the Ruddy Turnstones and their methodical foraging habits.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great shots of the Turnstones. They are great birds to see. Have a happy day!

Ranten said...

Lovely pictures of a charming bird!

David Gascoigne said...

Turnstones are among the most appealing of shorebirds, but it sure would have been nice to photograph the Great Knot.

A Quiet Corner said...

You have the most wonderful photos of shore birds, Stewart! I can never get such clear shots of them...too elusive!!!...:)JP

Linda W. said...

I like the mottled brown feathers.

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, thank goodness you went back armed with your camera and we get to see these beautiful waders. Thanks for hosting this meme. I've added my two bob's worth! Greetings Jo

Lea said...

Very pretty birds with surprisingly orange feet and legs!
Hope you are having a great week!

A Colorful World said...

I love the way he blends in with the rock...and it looks so cold there. Beautiful shots!

Missy George said...

Handsome bird..Love it's colors..Great shots..

Linda said...

Neat bird! I like the name too.

photodoug said...

Stewart, an elusive bird for us. Thanks for sharing.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos Stewart! It amazes me how far some birds, butterflies, and sea mammals migrate every year. None of the monarch butterflies that migrate south for the winter, make it all the way back home.

Lady Fi said...

Sweet bird shots.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Most of the time when I visit here, I am in awe of the birds you see that I never have and never will. But it is almost as much fun to see one like this Ruddy Turnstone that I've actually seen and can usually identify. The only difference is that you take better pictures -- but that's pretty much a given!! For us, this has not been a good summer for birding -- (great in many other ways, but ...).... I will be back eventually.