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Ruddy Turnstone foraging in salt marsh sea wrack

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 24 April 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Nummy Island near Stone Harbor, New Jersey

I was lucky to see this bird foraging along the sea wrack on a very windy, rainy, low light day, as it blends easily in this type of environment.

The Ruddy Turnstone is "A chunky, short-legged sandpiper, wearing a bright harlequin pattern in summer, dark brown in winter. The Ruddy Turnstone nests on high arctic tundra of North America and Eurasia, and winters along the coastlines of six continents. In migration it is seen mainly along the coast, although numbers may stop over at favored points inland, especially along the Great Lakes."

In 2013 (October 6-12), I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.

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Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Always a pleasure to visit you and you beautiful photos of birds Julie

24 Apr 2015 8:37am

@Focales: Thank you, Marie for that lovely comment.

michel creze from le havre, France

Bel exemple de mimétisme !!! Excellente netteté !

Beautiful example of mimicry !!! Excellent sharpness!

24 Apr 2015 10:08am

@michel creze: Thank you very much, Michel!

Kent from Herrljunga, Sweden

It was beautiful this bird too. Nice photo with good sharp

24 Apr 2015 11:17am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Très beau ce gros plan

24 Apr 2015 3:35pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


24 Apr 2015 3:58pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic focus and superb detail!

24 Apr 2015 11:53pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Another Nature-perfected camouflage.

25 Apr 2015 6:51am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

beau avec ces tiges

25 Apr 2015 9:01am